Palestinian Authority Chairman Abbas’ advisor Nabil Shaath said: “Australia’s decision to stop transferring $10 million for payment of the salaries of our terrorists (who have been imprisoned or killed by Israel for killing Israelis) and their families angered me greatly… You [Australians] are the servants of the US….”
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop explained that Australia unsuccessfully sought confirmation from the PA that the aid was not going to pay terrorists. Bishop added: “Any assistance provided by the PLO to those convicted of politically motivated violence is an affront to Australian values and undermines the prospect of meaningful peace between Israel and the Palestinians.”
These terrorist salaries start at 1,400 shekels/month and increase until reaching 12,000 shekels/month. For 2018, the PA has budgeted 7.47% of its operational budget for salaries to terrorist prisoners, released terrorists, and payments to families of “Martyrs” and wounded.