(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The stipends paid by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to terrorists’ families amounts to some $75 million a year—about 20 percent of the donations funneled to the PA from Western nations and bodies, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said Sunday in a meeting with foreign dignitaries in Jerusalem.
Hotovely said that contrary to 2012 and 2013, when the PA exercised some transparency, in 2014 Ramallah changed its regulations, making the funds harder to track by transferring them under the guise of Palestine Liberation Organization benefits.
World Bank figures show that from 1993 to 2013, the PA received $21.7 billion in foreign aid. Hotovely said that per capita, the PA receives far more foreign aid than any other country in the world—roughly $800 million a year. Palestinians receive assistance to the tune of $170 per person, while Syrians, for example, receive an average of $106 per person.