TEL AVIV – The Taylor Force Act—named after a U.S. Army veteran killed in a terror attack in Tel Aviv—which would force the Palestinian Authority to end its “pay-for-slay” program offering monthly stipends to convicted terrorists or else forfeit aid, is predicted to pass a critical vote next Wednesday.
The bill will likely attract bipartisan support in the House Foreign Affairs Committee, paving the way for a full vote on the House floor.
Although the Trump administration has repeatedly condemned the PA’s practice of paying remunerations to terrorists and their families – which can reach as much as $3,300 per month – it stopped short of outright endorsement of the bill amid fears it could derail attempts to jumpstart the moribund peace process.
Earlier this year, PA President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly told President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner that he wouldn’t stop “martyr payments … until his dying day,” a leading Palestinian newspaper said Monday.
The PA has paid out over $1 billion in terrorist salaries over the past four years.
Former Ambassador Danny Ayalon explains why the bill is so crucial.