TEL AVIV – The Palestinian Authority on Sunday demanded Iran channel the funds promised to the families of Palestinian terrorists through official channels and not award it directly to the families.
Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas, said Iran’s failure to do so would demonstrate interference in internal Palestinian affairs.
Tehran’s ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammed Fathali, said on Wednesday that Iran would give $30,000 to families of terrorists whose homes were demolished by Israel, and $7,000 to the families of slain terrorists.
Rudeina in response said that Iran should “send this money through official channels to the (PA’s) Martyrs and Prisoners Foundation rather than relying on informal and circuitous routes.”
According to Israel’s Foreign Ministry, the easing up of economic sanctions on Iran will open the floodgates for more state-sponsored terror.
“This is further proof of Iran’s deep involvement in support for anti-Israeli terrorism,” read a Foreign Ministry statement. “After the [nuclear] agreement with world powers, Iran has allowed itself to continue as a major player in international terrorism.”
The historic agreement signed between western powers and Iran has given the country access to an estimated $100 billion in frozen assets.
At least 29 Israelis have been killed in the current wave of Palestinian terror which began in October. More than 166 Palestinians have also been killed, 119 said by Israel to have been terrorists. Israel says home demolitions deters future attacks.