Netanyahu: Taylor Force Act powerful signal from the US which is changing the rules

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Taylor Force, 29, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa on March 8, 2016. (Photo: Facebook)

Prime Minister Netanyahu on Sunday thanked the United States Congress for passing the “Taylor Force Act” this past weekend.

The new legislation is part of the new $1.3 trillion spending bill. It’s aim is to cut funding that is used by the Palestinian Authority to pay families of terrorists for killing Israelis.

The Taylor Force Act was named after a US army veteran, Taylor Force, 28, who was stabbed to death by a 22-year old Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa in 2016.

Speaking during his weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the United States, specifically Congress and President Trump. He stated “The American Congress has passed the Taylor Force Act, which is named after an American student who was murdered in Jaffa, Taylor Force, from a wonderful family. It is designed to deny to the Palestinian Authority hundreds of millions of dollars that they invest in encouraging terrorism and lavish on terrorist families and the murderers themselves.”

He added “I think that this is a very powerful signal from the US which is changing the rules. It is unwilling to accept the truth of the past or, I should say, the lies of the past, and live with them. It is simply exposing lie after lie and is standing up on truth after truth. I congratulate the American Congress and President Trump for these decisions. I am certain that I do so on behalf of all Israeli government ministers.”

Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon, also thanked the United States, stating “The passage of the Taylor Force Act is an important step towards finally ending the despicable practice of pay to slay and ensuring accountability in the Palestinian Authority.”

The United States is cutting its aid to the Palestinians by $300 million. Families of Palestinian terrorists, or “martyrs” are paid a monthly stipend by the Palestinian Authority, as much as $3,500 a month.

This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, March 25, 2018, and reposted with permission.