The Obama Administration and other observers maintain that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is a moderate entity that can be Israel's partner for peace. Sadly, the facts contradict such hopes. Right now, the PA is neither moderate nor peaceful. The PA is an entity that consistently incites and richly rewards terrorism against Israel.
Perhaps most disturbing of all, the PA makes generous financial payments to terrorists. PA legislation actually requires the PA to pay salaries to terrorists who’ve been jailed because they’ve murdered Israelis. And when terrorists die while attacking Israelis, the law requires that these payments be made to their families.
In addition, the PA encourages violence by praising terrorists as "martyrs" and "heroes" and naming its streets, stadiums and town squares after them. The PA delegitimizes Israel by denying the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel in its textbooks and on its television. The PA's recent lies about Israel's intentions on the Temple Mount have fueled the latest "stabbing intifada."
In his eulogy recently for Israeli statesman Shimon Peres, President Obama spoke of the “unfinished business” of Israeli-Palestinian peace. Now he or Donald Trump have an opportunity to advance the cause—by backing legislation to stop the flow of U.S. tax dollars to Palestinian terrorists.
Since the 1990s, as the U.S. and other countries have sent billions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians, Palestinian leaders have paid hundreds of millions of dollars in rewards to those who carry out bombings, stabbings and other attacks in Israel. These payments, codified in Palestinian law, are an official incentive program for murder that in any other context would be recognized as state sponsorship of terror. But the U.S. and other Western states have looked the other way while continuing to send aid, giving Palestinian leaders no incentive to stop.- Read more
The PA maintains longstanding legislation and payments to subsidize terrorists and their families. This amounts to an officially sanctioned PA government incentive system to kill Israelis. When I learned of this in November 2015, I was quite shocked. I proceeded to raise the issue with organized American Jewish community leaders and Israeli policymakers, and was told “everybody knows.” Disconcerted by my own lack of knowledge, I canvassed numerous American political leaders who, without exception, were unaware of the PA legislation/budget. The few leaders who were aware that the PA directly pays terrorists thought that the funding was only $5-$6 million; they were shocked to learn that according to the official PA budget online, it is $300 million for 2016.- Read more
Mar 8, 2016 - Taylor Force, 29, of Lubbock, Texas, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, was killed in a stabbing attack near the Jaffa port.
On Tuesday evening, a terrorist embarked on a stabbing attack at passersby at the entrance to Jaffa Port, just south of Tel Aviv. He proceeded along the Tel Aviv beach promenade, wounding 10 before he was killed by police. Taylor Force, a student at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management in Nashville, Tennessee, was visiting Israel on a school-sponsored trip as part of an elective course that focused on global entrepreneurship to see the country's growing startup scene. He was fatally wounded and died en route to hospital. Shortly after Lubbock native Taylor Force was fatally stabbed, 26-year-old Israeli Yishay Montgomery smashed his guitar on the terrorist's head. Born and raised in Israel, Yishay's grandparents and father were born in Lubbock.
Force, a Lubbock, Texas native, went to high school at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell and was an Eagle Scout. At West Point Military Academy, he was a member of the ski team and received a bachelor's degree in engineering and industrial management, graduating in 2009. He served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan - Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn (Iraq), and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) - from September 2010 until July 2013.
Force had traveled extensively through Europe after leaving the military. He enrolled last fall in Vanderbilt University's MBA program. He chose Vanderbilt because of its support for veterans, the diversity of students and the quality of education. "In addition to learning the skills needed to be successful in business, I want to establish life-long connections and friendships with my fellow students from the U.S. and around the globe," he said. He was a student leader who commanded attention in classes not because he spoke often, but because he chose his words carefully, a friend said.
He loved listening to country and bluegrass music, and liked taking advantage of the live music venues a few minutes away from his apartment. He lived in Lexington, Ky., before moving to Middle Tennessee and made regular trips back to visit "Quick Dash Flash," a racehorse he bought after leaving the Army.
"Taylor embarked on this trip to expand his understanding of global entrepreneurship and also to share his insights and knowledge with start-ups in Israel," according to a Vanderbilt University statement. "He exemplified the spirit of discovery, learning and service that is the hallmark of our wonderful Owen community. This horrific act of violence has robbed our Vanderbilt family of a young hopeful life and all of the bright promise that he held for bettering our greater world."
Taylor Force's body was flown home for burial in his home town of Lubbock, Texas. He is survived by his parents, Stuart and Robbi Force, and his sister Kristen Ann Force.
Jun 30, 2016 - Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a 13 year old U.S. citizen of Kiriat Arba, was murdered in her bed when a 17-year-old Palestinian terrorist infiltrated her home and stabbed her to death.
Hallel had attended a dance recital in Jerusalem the previous evening and had returned home late, which was why she was still in bed when the attacker infiltrated her house. She was in the 8th grade and attended the middle school in Kiryat Arba, and is survived by her parents and two younger sisters—Shira, 10, and Kanna, Hallel was laid to rest in the Hebron cemetery on Thursday afternoon, June 30 2016.