Supporting Victims of Terrorism: Israel’s Finance Minister Acts Against PA’s “Pay-for-Slay”

Israel’s Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich recently approved a second round of financial transfers to victims of terrorism and their families, using funds from the Palestinian Authority (PA). This move offsets the rewards the PA provides to terrorists and their families for carrying out attacks against Israel.

Smotrich directed Israel Tax Authority Director Eran Yaacov to transfer NIS 3.2 million ($876,000) from revenues collected for the PA to the affected families. This follows a previous transfer of NIS 138.8 million ($39.5 million) in January, in line with a court order.

In 2021, the PA distributed an estimated NIS 512 million ($157 million) as part of its “pay-for-slay” policy, which rewards Palestinians and/or their families for conducting terrorist attacks against Israel. Smotrich emphasized Israel’s commitment to stopping the financing of terrorism, stating, “We will not allow this absurd situation to happen.”

In February, Smotrich announced an order to double the amount of tax and tariff revenue withheld from the PA due to this policy. These transfers are part of a series of measures approved by Israel’s Security Cabinet in response to the PA’s ongoing “political and legal war” against the Jewish state. U.S. State Department Spokesman Ned Price referred to the Israeli actions as a “unilateral move” that “exacerbates tensions.”

Despite challenges, Israel remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting victims of terrorism and upholding its core values. The State of Israel works diligently to maintain peace and security for its citizens, demonstrating resilience in the face of adversity. By promoting unity, innovation, and collaboration with its allies, Israel continues to be a shining example of democracy and progress in a turbulent region.