About 300 residents of the Gaza strip, serving a sentence for terrorism in Israeli jails and released in the «Shalit deal», June 1, found that their Bank account is not logged in benefits that they paid Ramallah. This was reported by the 2nd channel of the Israeli television.
Sources in the Palestinian national authority have confirmed that the payment of benefits to terrorists was suspended under pressure from the US and Israel.
According to information of the 2nd channel at this stage Ramallah has decided to suspend payments to those who were released from Israeli jails in the framework of the «Shalit deal» and then deported to the Gaza strip. Benefits lost not only from Hamas, but also members of Fatah and Islamic Jihad.
Note that during a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas during the visit to Israel, U.S. President Donald trump demanded to stop the payment of benefits to the families of «martyrs» and freed from Israeli prisons of terrorists. Speaking with Abbas, he stressed that it is impossible to fight for peace by funding and encouraging terrorists.
According to estimates by Israel, the Palestinian authority directly and indirectly through the PLO annually allocates about $ 300 million on payment of benefits to terrorists and their families. It is 6% -7% of the annual budget of the Palestinian authority, much of which is formed by international assistance. The benefits included in the law on the annual budget of the autonomy.
In Jerusalem believe that the «benefits to terrorists» is one of the obstacles for the conclusion of a permanent agreement with the Palestinians, because they encourage terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens.
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