The message the Palestinian leadership is sending to its people is: A Palestinian convicted of financial corruption is nowhere near as worthy of public office as one who murders Jews and masterminds terrorist attacks.
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon announced a new diplomatic battle against humanitarian funding that reaches Hamas and supports its terror infrastructure. ‘We will not relent until the UN and other aid organizations begin to track and follow every dollar that enters the Gaza Strip,’ he said.
US Republican Senator Dan Coats said that the Palestinian Authority’s use of American taxes to pay terrorists is ‘morally repugnant, must be stopped’ and is working on legislation to ensure that funding is restricted if the practice continues.
Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende confronted the Palestinian leader on the PA payments to terrorists. Abbas confirmed that such payments still exist, but said that the salaries are not paid with Norwegian funds.