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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, September 23, 2017

World leaders must not only condemn Palestinian terrorism but must also demand that the Palestinian Authority put an immediate end to payouts to the families of the perpetrators of terrorist attacks, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told his cabinet minister Sunday at their weekly meeting.

“I call on the countries of the world to condemn both the murder and those who praise it, and demand the immediate cessation of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists, something that only encourages terror,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister’s comments came after Friday night’s terror attack in Jerusalem in which a 23-year-old female Border Police officer, Hadas Malka was killed in a coordinated double stabbing and shooting attack. The three Palestinian perpetrators were shot dead by police.

Following the attack, claimed by the Islamic State – a claim disputed by Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah faction issued a statement condemning Israel for the “crimes of the occupation against three young Palestinians.”

Netanyahu told the cabinet that instead of condemning the attack, Fatah praised the murderers as heroes.

“It seems that mendacity and brazen gall know no bounds,” Netanyahu said. “Of course, the Palestinian Authority is refusing to condemn the murder and the same Authority will now pay financial compensation to the murderers’ families.

The prime minister said that security forces were continuing their operations in the district village of Deir Abu Mash’al and were preparing to demolish the homes of the three terrorists, Adel Hasan Ahmad Ankoush, Baraa Ibrahim Salih Taha, and Osama Ahmad Dahdouh.  Netanyahu added that permits approved for Palestinian visits in Israel for Ramadan had been revoked and that he had instructed the police to reinforce security arrangements procedures in the plaza around Damascus Gate, where the attacks occurred.

Netanyahu also sent his condolences to the Malka’s family.

“Their grief is our grief; their sorrow is that of the entire nation,” Netanyahu said. “She fell in the line of duty in a determined struggle against bloodthirsty terrorists.”

Cancelling payments to the families of Palestinian terrorists would be “political suicide” for Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, a retired IDF intelligence officer and noted commentator on Palestinian affairs said Sunday.

Lt. Col. (res.) Alon Eviatar, a former intelligence in the illustrious Unit 8200, the IDF’s signal intelligence-gathering corps and former advisor to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), told the Knesset Channel that Palestinian society overwhelmingly views payouts to the families of terrorists as necessary “social welfare” benefits. He added that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s demand in recent weeks to stop the payments has further entrenched the position of the Palestinian public.

“The Palestinians don’t see the payments as ‘salaries for terror families.’ They view them as analogous to [the social welfare payments provided by Israel’s] National Insurance Institute. Not only are the payments part of Palestinian Authority law, but just about every sector of Palestinian public supports the payments.

“In addition, the issue has become just another in a long string of Israeli/American demands to Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas),” Eviatar said.