Tillerson: PA has "changed policy", will stop paying terrorists' families

Elias Hubbard
June 27, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson insisted Wednesday that the Palestinians had agreed to stop payments to relatives of militants who attack Israeli civilians and soldiers, even after both Palestinians and Israelis disputed his claim and said there had been no change.

"We are not aware of any change in the Palestinian Authority's policy, and as far as we know they are still paying funds to terrorists' families", a senior Israeli official said.

"I think we're really leaning into United States leadership to make it clear to these long-standing allies and very important allies and friends of ours that America has been leading for a very long time, and the American people have been reaching in their pockets and paying for this leadership for a very long time", Tillerson said.

The U.S.is working to stabilize its relationship with Russian Federation, which is "at an all-time low", U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump has proposed cutting the State Department funding levels by 28.7 percent. "At least I have been informed they've changed that policy and their intent is to cease payments". "We've had conversations with them and told them they can not continue these types of payments and expect the USA and American people to see any explanation for why they do that".

He added later, "I think we're really leaning in to USA leadership" to illustrate "we're going to continue in this leadership role, but you, our allies, must do your share".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the US would support efforts by Russian Federation and Ukraine to resolve a yearslong conflict outside of an internationally backed agreement signed by both countries, the implementation of which has always been a USA condition for lifting sanctions against Moscow.

At the same time, there are 6,500 Palestinians in Israeli jails, including 500 detained without charge, in some cases for years.

Support for Palestinian prisoners and families of so-called martyrs enjoys wide consensus among the Palestinian public.

"It was discussed directly when president Abbas made his visit with his delegation to Washington", Tillerson said, adding that Trump had raised the issue at the White House. "So I can't imagine why Tillerson has any commitment to go and defend all of Obama's pet projects against the president who just put him in the job".

In February, South Carolina Sen. All of them, including around 300 children and 50 women, receive monthly support from the Palestinian Authority.

The legislation is named after former U.S. army officer Taylor Force, who was stabbed to death in Tel Aviv in March 2016 by a Palestinian terrorist.

"I haven't seen any sign that the Palestinian Authority has stopped or plans to stop payments to terrorists or families of terrorists", said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman in an interview with Israel Radio.

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