Israel’s Deputy FM: Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go?

Hotovely writes piece for Wall Street Journal exposing Palestinian use of foreign aid to fund terrorists and their families


Israel’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tzipi Hotovely, recently wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal in which she exposes Palestinian use of foreign aid to support terrorism and families of terrorists.

In her article, she writes about how the Palestinian Authority funds families of terrorists with stipends (between $400-$3,500 monthly), reporting that in 2014 over $75 million was provided by the Authority to families of terrorists, 16% of the funds from foreign donations. The report was made by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

She writes in her article:

One often-cited key to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is economic development. To that end, there seems to be broad agreement about the importance of extending development aid to help the Palestinians build the physical and social infrastructure that will enable the emergence of a sustainable, prosperous society. But few have seriously questioned how much money is sent and how it is used.

Such assistance will only promote peace if it is spent to foster tolerance and coexistence. If it is used to strengthen intransigence it does more harm than good—and the more aid that comes in, the worse the outcome. This is exactly what has been transpiring over the past few decades. Large amounts of foreign aid to the Palestinians are spent to support terrorists and deepen hostility.

For years the most senior figures in the Palestinian Authority have supported, condoned and glorified terror. “Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem,” President Mahmoud Abbas said last September on Palestinian television, “is holy blood as long as it was for Allah.” Countless Palestinian officials and state-run television have repeatedly hailed the murder of Jews.

Continue reading Hotovely’s article for the Wall Street Journal.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, January 28, 2016.