The PA’s Rewards for Terror scheme: Abbas, fobbing off Norwegian criticism, incriminates self
|Abbas meets with Norwegian Foreign Minister
Borge Brende in Ramallah, on May 3, 2016
Earlier this week, we wrote here [“02-May-16: Norway’s polite and cautious funding of Palestinian Arab terror“] about how the Norwegians were in the midst of a very welcome bout of self-criticism, looking critically at the morality and legality of their funding the PA whose appalling Rewards for Terror scheme we have discussed here often.
There have been developments.
Here’s an update, re-published from Elder of Ziyon‘s post [“Norway FM tells Abbas to stop paying convicted terrorists“] that went up earlier today. In it, he quotes an article appearing in Dagen, a Norwegian daily:
Foreign Minister Brende is on a new tour of the Middle East. Tuesday afternoon and evening he had talks first with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and then Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. The agenda for the meeting with Abbas included the extensive support programs for imprisoned Palestinians. For years, the Palestinian Authority (PA) paid wages to convicted Palestinian terrorists, and the worse their act, the more money they get. Hans Olav Syversen took up this issue in last week’s oral question time, and Brende promised then to put further pressure on Abbas at the next opportunity. Brende now confirms that the issue was discussed during the meeting in Ramallah. “In the meeting I emphasized that this funding, where financial payments increased by how long prisoners were sentenced, is unacceptable and should be abolished.
I emphasized that with the political and economic challenges that Palestinians now face, it pays to abolish this scheme,” said Brende. Abbas responded by repeating assurances that Norwegian funds are not going to finance the scheme. Last week, Israeli Arnold Roth (whose daughter was murdered in a major terror attack) told Dagen that Norwegian authorities must understand that they indirectly contribute to how the PA gives salaries to imprisoned terrorists, and they are helping to maintain a Palestinian culture that supports terror as a political tool.
Elder of Ziyon adds that,
if Norwegian funds aren’t paying the terrorists, then whose funds are? The PA is dependent on foreign aid and its budget mostly comes from the nations of the world, so any way you slice it, the world is paying for the salaries of terrorists.