Destroying homes of terrorists is meant to serve as a deterrent, but Iran is mitigating the punishment by offering large sums of money to the families of Palestinians who kill and maim Israelis.
Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammad Fateh Ali announced that Tehran will give $7,000 to families of “martyrs of the intifada in occupied Jerusalem” and a further “$30,000 to every family whose home the ‘occupation’ has demolished for the participation of one of its sons,” according to local news outlets, Times of Israel reported.
The ambassador made the statement at a press conference for Hamas officials, the Times said, adding that the terror incentives were directed at all Palestinians, not only Hamas members.
Israeli forces on Tuesday night destroyed the homes of two Palestinian terrorists responsible for deadly attacks against Israelis. The home demolitions are meant to serve as a deterrent.
Since the beginning of the current wave of Palestinian terror that began on September 13, the eve of the Jewish New Year, a total of 31 victims have been killed and over 357 wounded – 26 of them seriously.
“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.”
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on Wednesday accused Iran of building a global terror network with “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command, including in Europe and the U.S.