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Friday, December 27, 2019 

Bennett orders seizure of salaries given to jihadists

Naftali Bennett, as defense minister, is making a surprisingly good effort at the job, and freezing funds the PLO's been paying to terrorists:
Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday authorized the seizure of hundreds of thousands of shekels’ worth of funds paid to jailed terrorists and their families, in a precedent-setting administrative order.

Bennett, who earlier this month declared he would tighten the use of economic sanctions against terrorists, ordered that salaries paid by the Palestinian Authority to eight terrorists responsible for attacks on Israel, as well as to their families, would be confiscated.

Of the eight terrorists cited in the order, five have received life sentences for the terror attacks they committed.

All eight of the terrorists cited in the order are Israeli-Arabs.

For years, the Palestinian Authority has paid out salaries to terrorists jailed in Israel, as well as to the families of jailed terrorists, and to the families of terrorists killed during attacks on Israelis.

This policy, which Israeli leaders have denounced as “pay to slay”, led to the passage of an Israeli law under which Israel deducts the amount of money paid to terrorists and their families from the tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority every month. Israel collects taxes from Palestinian Authority residents working in Israel on the PA’s behalf.

The Defense Minister’s order Wednesday is the first step by Israel to directly target the recipients of the salaries, and is aimed at removing the financial incentive provided by the Palestinian Authority for potential terrorists to attack Israelis.
The niece of an IDF soldier who was murdered is relieved to learn of Bennett's steps:
Ortal Tamam, the niece of the IDF soldier Moshe Tamam, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1984 by Palestinian terrorists, was moved to hear about Defense Minister Naftali Bennett's unprecedented decision to sign an order authorizing the seizure of funds paid to Palestinian terrorists.

Tamam sent a WhatsApp message to Bennett, saying: ''Since you've entered your position, I really try not to bother you so you can dedicate all your time to your important position. But I saw your administrative order and just wanted to say thank you."

"Finally, we feel that there's someone in the Defense Ministry who sees us, who sees the good of Israel. At a time that others speak about 'constraints,' you find the way to do everything you promised. A huge and sincere thank you. Love you."

Bennett replied to her a few minutes later, writing: "Ortal, I love you very much and I'm happy that I merited to actualize your perceptions of my position. Our people have strength."

Tamam wrote on her Facebook page about the correspondence with the defense minister and expressed the hope that he will remain in his position in the next government. "There are a million horrible things about a transitional government. But there is one wonderful thing that is above all those - and that is Naftali Bennett as Defense Minister. If only he would have the power to continue as defense minister in the next government as well."
Now that Bennett's actually doing something positive, I'm willing to agree with her. He's hopefully learned from the mistakes he's made in the past too.

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