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June 25, 2017 11:12 am

Group of Top Ex-Israeli Security Officials Back US Legislation to Cut Funding of Palestinian Authority Over Terror Payments

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A group of former top Israeli security officials are speaking out in favor of a proposed congressional bill that would cut off American funding of the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families.

In a letter that was seen by The Algemeiner, Brig. Gen. (ret.) Yosef Kuperwasser wrote that a failure to pass the Taylor Force Act would mark a “surrender to terror.”

Providing the PA with money that enables its terror payments is “illogical, illegal and immoral,” Kuperwasser said. “Most of all it’s inhuman.”

The letter — which Kuperwasser said was cosigned by ex-Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and ex-National Security Adviser Uzi Dayan, as well as Maj. Gen. (ret.) Gershon Hacohen and Brig. Gen. (ret.) Oded Tira — was penned in response to a missive published last week by Commanders for Israel’s Security (a group of hundreds of former Israeli security figures) that warned of potential negative consequences of the US legislation, including the harming of Israeli security.

In Kuperwasser’s view, however, “there is no reason to believe that if the Taylor Force Act is enacted the security cooperation [between Israel and the PA] is going to stop. The security cooperation serves the interest of the PA.”

Also, he explained, “the PA is not going to collapse because of the Taylor Force Act.”

“The real threats to the PA are its commitment to unattainable political goals and to a long-lasting struggle against Israel, instead of a genuine peace process, its low-level of functioning, the corruption and the lack of a system that guarantees popular trust in the leadership,” Kuperwasser said.

“Supporting the just demand to stop paying terrorists with real pressure goes very well along with Israel’s security interests,” he continued.

“There is no chance that the PA will stop paying those salaries if they don’t feel any pressure,” Kuperwasser noted.

The Taylor Force Act — named after the 28-year-old US military veteran who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in a March 2016 stabbing attack in Tel Aviv  —  was introduced in February by Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado but has made no legislative progress since.

While President Donald Trump has never publicly mentioned the Taylor Force Act itself, he did raise the issue of terror payments with PA President Mahmoud Abbas during their recent meetings.

It was also reported that Trump’s adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner angered PA President Mahmoud Abbas during a discussion of the matter at their meeting in Ramallah this past week.

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  • Kris Kristian

    These donors to the murderous Abbas etc, should warn them, that if they do not remove the names of their worst killers, the killers of Maalot many years ago, the killers of the school girls in a bus, the many other murderers of Jews, from naming of schools, streets, etc. then they will never receive one cent from those donors.
    The demands must be immediate
    The Murderers of the Israeli athletes at Munich Olympics,
    financed by Abbas. must remove all the names of those “heroes” as Abbas calls them
    Time for the “sane” world to stop supporting terrorists who murder Israelis and Jews.
    Abbas should be arrested for his encouragement and money rewards the PA.
    Don’t let him get away with his financing murderers of Jews

  • Unfortunately, the Taylor Force Act is still in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. (See link)

    The House bill needs explicit language that says, “American funding of the PLO will be cutoff immediately because the PLO continues to pay monetary rewards to terrorists and their families.” Without a cash flow, the PLO terrorist entity cannot afford to pay convicted murderers.

  • Pinchas Baram

    kushner angered abbas? how ’bout that! so what happened, did kushner say, i’m so sorry, Mr. Abbas? probably.

    but it would have been better if the news was, abbas angered kushner, forcing abbas to say, i’m sorry.

    remember, in the Middle East, it’s all about appearances and who dominates whom, who’s the strong horse, who’s the weak horse.

    my guess is Jared, nice young man, came off at the end of the day as the weak horse.

  • Efram Paul

    Cut off all Palestinian aid, and outlaw the Muslim Brotherhood. These are two substantial moves against Islamist terrorism.

  • Reb_Yaakov

    Are the Commanders for Israel’s Security not “top” ex-Israeli security officials, too? After all, isn’t everyone “top” or “leading” or at least “prominent” these days?

  • Ken Kelso

    Fatah names monument after Arab terrorist behind Ma’alot Massacre of 22 Jewish children.
    These left wing Ex-Israeli Security Officials must be so proud of this butcher Abbas they support.