torsdag 15 juni 2017

USA:s utrikesminister lurad av palestinierna?

USA:s utrikesminister Rex Tillerson sade den här veckan inför senatens utrikesutskott att den palestinska ledningen kommer att sluta betala lön till palestinska terrorister som sitter i israeliskt fängelse.

Israel kommenterade med att säga att de inte märkt av någon förändrad politik i frågan  och palestinska ledare förnekade bestämt att man slutat betala lön till terroristerna.

Tillerson måste senare ändra sig och sade då att "det pågår en aktiv diskussion med Ramallah" om saken.

Hmm ...det är inte riktigt samma sak!

Tillerson: Abbas has ‘changed policy,’ will stop paying terrorists’ families


Tillerson waters down statement that Palestinians ‘changed policy’ of terror payments

Did the PA lie to the US Secretary of State? (PMW)
- The US Secretary of State was told that the PA intends to "cease the payments to the family members of those who have committed murder or violence against others"

- The PA currently pays 26,800 families of "Martyrs" 660 million shekels ($183 million) per year [2016 PA budget]

- The PA currently pays 6,500 terrorist prisoners salaries amounting to 486 million shekels ($135 million) per year 

-Contrary to what the US was told, Abbas and PA officials tell Palestinians that the salaries will never be stopped:

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: "Well let me assure you, Senator, it was discussed directly when [PA] President [Mahmoud] Abbas made his visit with his delegation to Washington. The President [Donald Trump] raised it but then I had a bilateral, a much more detailed bilateral [meeting] with him later that day, and I told him: 'You absolutely must stop making payments to family members of, quote, "Martyrs."' I said [to Abbas] 'it's one thing to help orphans and children, but when you designate the payment for that act, that has to stop.' They [the PA] have changed their policy, at least I have been informed they have changed that policy, and they are, their intent is to cease the payments to the family members of those who have committed murder or violence against others. So, it is - we've been very clear with them that this is simply not acceptable to us. It is certainly not acceptable to the American people." 

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