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Israeli Knesset bill to deduct funds to Palestinian Authority approved

June 27, 2018 4:46 P.M. (Updated: June 29, 2018 12:01 P.M.)

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee approved a bill on Wednesday to deduct funds transferred to the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli Ynet news outlet reported that the deduction would be equal to the amount of funds the Palestinian Authority gives to the families of killed Palestinians.

The bill's original draft there, which states that there would not be any flexibility regarding the funds deducted, passed its first reading.

The Knesset members rejected the Israeli government’s objection to the bill, proposed by Knesset members Eliezer Stem of “There is a Future” and chairman of the committee Avi Dichter of the Likud, an Israeli right-wing political party.

The committee contradicted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on the bill and went forward with approving the final version of the bill.

Two weeks ago, the committee approved the law, which was introduced under the law of "deduction of financial funds transferred by the Palestinian Authority to the families of ‘terrorist activists’ from the tax allocations that Israel transfers to the PA.”

According to the bill's proposal, the Palestinian Authority transfers 7% of its budget, estimated at 1.1 billion shekels ($ 300 million), financed largely by US and European aid, to pay salaries and funding for Palestinian prisoners and to pay stipends to families of killed and wounded Palestinians.

Earlier this week, the United States suspended aid funds to the West Bank and Gaza under the “Taylor Force Law," which was passed in March of this year, and will prevent the Palestinian Authority from paying monthly stipends to the families of killed, wounded and imprisoned Palestinians.

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