Bereaved Israeli Families Urge Trump to Pressure Palestinian Authority to End Payments to Terrorists
Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to the Jewish state next week, hundreds of family members of Israeli terror victims have signed a letter to the American leader that urges him to pressure the Palestinian Authority (PA) to stop giving money to terrorists and their families, the Hebrew news site nrg reported on Tuesday.
Before peace talks can be renewed, the letter said, the Palestinians “must demonstrate good faith and show that they are truly willing to change their ways by stopping incitement and halting all payments to terrorists who murdered Israelis.”
Furthermore, the letter’s signatories asked for a meeting with Trump during his time in Israel.
“We are the voice of the terror victims and bereaved families in Israel, and unfortunately, our number and pain are great,” the letter said.
Last week, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon called on the Security Council to “act immediately” to halt the flow of money from the PA to jailed terrorists.
During his May 3 sit-down with Abbas in Washington, DC, Trump “raised his concerns about payments to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails who have committed terrorist acts, and to their families, and emphasized the need to resolve this issue,” according to the White House.
In February, as reported by The Algemeiner, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina reintroduced the Taylor Force Act — which would cut off American funding of the PA if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families.
Since then, the bill has made no progress in the legislative process.