PA rejects terrorism funding offer from Iran

Iran offers to provide families of Palestinian terrorists with funds; PA rejects offer; Netanyahu states that Palestinian terror is “of their despair and the frustration over inability to destroy.”


The Palestinian Authority rejected Iran’s offer to provide financial assistance to families of Palestinian terrorists. On Monday, Palestinian spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina responded to Iran’s offer directing Iran to “send this money through official channels to the [Palestinian Authority] Martyrs and Prisoners Foundation rather than relying on informal and circuitous routes.”


Last week, Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Fathali, offered to provide families of terrorists up to $7,000 “to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem” and $30,000 to families of terrorists whose homes were demolished by Israel. He stated in Beirut last week “Iran will not abandon the Palestinian people, who are faced with killing, theft, and expulsion,” said the ambassador. “The blood of the martyrs will bring the liberation of all Palestine from the sea to the river.”


Spokesman for Israel’s’ Foreign Ministry Emmanuel Nahshon responded to Iran’s public declaration of sponsoring and funding terror that “This demonstrates again Iran’s role in encouraging terror. This is further proof of Iran’s deep involvement in promoting terror against Israel. After the agreement with the powers, Iran is permitting itself to continue being a central player in international terror.”


Addressing his cabinet Sunday morning, Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed Palestinian terror stating that Palestinian terror “does not come because of their despair and the frustration over the inability to build. They come because of their despair and the frustration over inability to destroy.”