Israel to Deduct Money Sent to Family of Ari Fuld’s Murderer from Funds Transferred to Palestinian Authority
Israel will withhold the amount paid to Ari Fuld’s murderer from funds earmarked for transfer to the Palestinian Authority.
Fuld, a dual American-Israeli citizen, was stabbed in the back in the parking lot of a shopping center in the area of Gush Etzion near Jerusalem. He survived long enough to pursue his attacker and shoot him, preventing further casualties.
According to Israel’s Channel Two, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced the decision to withhold funds on Friday, saying that this would not be the end of his efforts. “I will look into additional ways to limit the economic activities of the terrorist’s family,” he said.
The Palestinian Authority regularly pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists and their families, as well as the families of terrorists killed while committing attacks. In its 2018 budget, the PA earmarked $355 million for such “pay to slay” payments.
The US Congress passed a bill in early 2018 that cut American funding to the PA in the amount spent on payments to terrorists. The law was named the Taylor Force Act in memory of the former US Army officer who was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv in 2016. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said at the time that the PA’s 2018 budget was “exactly why we passed the Taylor Force Act.”
In July 2018, the Israeli Knesset passed a similar law, which its sponsor said would force the PA to “gradually understand that terrorism doesn’t pay off.”