From Betsy's Page: The head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, has approved a new law, providing monetary grants to the families of suicide bombers:
Abbas gave his approval just six days ago, a day before a suicide bomber struck the HaSharon Mall in Netanya, killing five Israelis and wounding scores of others. The legislation refers to the suicide terrorists as shahids (martyrs), a term generally applied to a person who dies in an operation fighting against Israel.BETSY: Don't forget that the United States and Europe provide much of the funding for the Palestinian Authority.
Under the new law, the terrorist’s family will be paid a base sum of $250 per month. The law takes into account extended family arrangements commonplace in Arab societies. The families of married terrorists are entitled to an additional $50 per month, and $15 are added for each child, $25 for each parent, and $15 for each brother who lived with the terrorist prior to his death.
From an ASTUTE BLOGER commenter (on another thread), Gandalin:
"...the Abbas "government" has passed a law to pay the families of suicide/homicide bombers a stipend of at least $250 a month. This is ... subsidizing the mass murder of Jews. By the way, remember when President Bush said that those who pay for terror would be treated just as justly as the terrorists themselves? When is he going to apply that principle to the Palestinian Authority?"I agree with Gandalin: Bush has been way too soft on Abbas and the PNA - and we do have a lever other than miltary force (as Betsy points out): we can use the money we give them as a lever.
We MUST hold Bush to his WORD, when he said, in his Setember 21 2001 speech (before a special Joint Session of Congress after 9/11):
"Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime."Obviously. the Abbas Administration - by financially supporting jihadoterrorist familes - EXACTLY LIKE SADDAM DID! - has PROVEN BEYOND ANY DOUBT THAT IT SUPPORTS TERRORISM AND IS THEREFORE A HOSTILE REGIME.
Mr. President, will you stand by your word?