Skip To Content
We’ve Taken Down the Forward Paywall: An Open Letter to Our ReadersRead Now
Fast Forward

Senate Softens Bill Targeting Palestinian Payments To Terrorists’ Families

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has softened a bill that cuts U.S. funding to Palestinian areas as long as the Palestinian Authority pays subsidies to the families of Palestinians who attack Israelis.

The change to the Taylor Force Act apparently was made to attract Democratic and mainstream pro-Israel support.

On Wednesday, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee endorsed the measure, a day ahead of its consideration by the committee, in a signal that the moderated bill now has bipartisan backing.

AIPAC does not generally back legislation without considerable backing on both sides of the aisle, and the bill, named for an American stabbed to death in a 2016 terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, until now did not have significant Democratic backing.

As originally written, the bill would have slashed the vast majority of funds earmarked for the Palestinians unless the Palestinian Authority stopped the payments.

Israeli security officials reportedly had quietly objected to the act as originally written, fearing that cutting the $250 million to $300 million earmarked for the Palestinian areas would seriously destabilize the West Bank and lead to violence. The act would in its earlier version have left in place $60 million that subsidizes the Palestinian Authority police. Those subsidies remain in the new version.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.