A bill is being introduced by MK (Yesh Atid) Elazar Stern calling to deduct the sum of the salaries paid to terrorists by the PA (Palestinian Authority) from the tax funds processed by Israel and turned over to the PA.
According to the Yediot Achronot report, the bill was introduced before the Knesset adjourned for spring recess and Stern calculates NIS 1.1 billion should be deducted from PA tax funds as this was paid to terrorists annually.
Israel collects taxes that are relevant to the PA and several times annually transfers the tax funds to the PA administration. Stern wants the sum paid to terrorists deducted from the transfer. Stern explains by transferring all the tax funds, which are used in part to fund terrorism, Israel is assisting in funding and encouraging terrorist activities.
The bill enjoys support from a number of MKs from various parties including Machane Tzioni, Likud and Yisrael Beitenu.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)