Israel: Tillerson wrong, Palestinian Authority still paying jailed terrorists

Source: Israel: Tillerson wrong, Palestinian Authority still paying jailed terrorists – Arab-Israeli Conflict – Jerusalem Post

ByHerb Keinon
June 14, 2017 10:13
“Israel knows of no change in the Palestinian policy, which is to continue to pay the families of terrorists,” a senior diplomatic source said.
Rex Tillerson

“Israel knows of no change in the Palestinian policy, which is to continue to pay the families of terrorists,” a senior diplomatic source said. “The Palestinian Authority continues to praise, incite and encourage terrorism with these payments.”

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the Senate Intelligence Committee that President Donald Trump raised this issue with PA President Mahmoud Abbas when the latter was in Washington in May. Tillerson said that he himself pressed the issue even more so when he met Abbas that same day.

“I told him, you absolutely must stop making payments to family members of, quote, ‘martyrs’,”  Tillerson said. “I said, it’s one thing to help orphans and children. But when you designate the payment for that act, that has to stop.”

Tillerson continued: “They have changed their policy – at least I have been informed they’ve changed that policy – and they are, their intent is to cease the payments to the family members of those who have committed murder or violence against others.”

Tillerson said these payments are not acceptable to the administration, and “certainly not acceptable to the American people.” Tillerson was asked about the matter by Idaho’s republican Senator Jim Risch.

 

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