Let’s ask the Palestinian people: Do you want your government to spend $1.1 billion each year to encourage terrorism or would you rather this money be used to improve your lives and provide a better future for your children? And let’s ask taxpayers around the world: How do you want your humanitarian aid to Palestinians spent?
The Palestinian Authority today faces an unemployment rate of 26%, a poverty rate of 28%, and an average monthly salary of $245. And yet despite these dire circumstances, it spends hundreds of millions of dollars annually rewarding terrorists and their families for violent crimes against Israelis.
The average monthly salary amounts $3,500 / month; those serving longer prison sentences for more severe crimes get even more and are nearly guaranteed higher-ranking jobs after release from prison. The terrorist who killed three members of the Salomon family during Shabbat dinner last week will also receive a hefty salary for this crime.
As the Palestinian Authority wastes its humanitarian aid on payouts to murderers, Palestinians across the West Bank and Gaza are suffering.
The same $1.1 billion could infinitely enhance Palestinian lives. 25,000 students could go to college each year for free; every 6th grader could get a new computer; every impoverished family in Gaza could get a $1,000 stipend. Even after that, there would still be $70 million left to improve hospitals, increase salaries, invest in infrastructure, and other civilian priorities.