Tillerson Still Hopeful on End to Palestinian Terror Payments Despite PA Denial of Policy Change
by Ben Cohen
June 14, 2017
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered a clarification on Wednesday of comments he made the previous day concerning an end to the so-called “martyr payments” made by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to the families of terrorists. Tillerson disclosed at a Senate hearing on Tuesday that he had received reassurances from PA President Mahmoud Abbas that the PA would halt the practice of paying a monthly stipend to the families of suicide bombers and other terrorists. “They have changed their policy,” Tillerson said, referring to the PA. “At least I have been informed they’ve changed that policy and their intent is to cease payments.” But the PA moved quickly to counter Tillerson’s claim. READ MORE
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