Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has vowed to increase benefits for the families of terrorists killed while carrying out deadly attacks against Israelis.
Speaking at an iftar meal to break the Ramadan fast on Friday in Ramallah, Hamdallah said the PA and its institutions would continue providing a wide range of benefits – including financial rewards – to terrorists' families, and would work to up its support for them.
Hamdallah – who is regularly touted as a moderate in the West – went on the praise "all the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the struggle," and praised those terrorists imprisoned in Israeli jails for attacks, including deadly attacks on innocent civilians, as "heroes."
Among the benefits the PA already provides are monthly salaries paid to terrorists serving time for attacks in Israeli prisons. Imprisoned terrorists receive a hefty salary, calculated based on the length of their sentence – and hence the seriousness of their offense.
The use of foreign aid to pay terrorists has recently come under increased scrutiny in Europe, and particularly the UK.