Fearing a sharp decline in Arab terror attacks against Israelis, Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has rejected the demands of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and many other government leaders to stop the payments of salaries to imprisoned terrorists' families, the Jewish Press website reports today (May 8, 2017).
"The President [Abbas] emphasized his absolute refusal of the Israeli demands to stop the allowances of the families of the prisoners and martyrs, and emphasized his absolute support for them [that is, for the payments]," according to Amad, an independent Palestinian news website.
The are two major Palestinian defenses of the payments. The first is that the prisoners are not terrorists, but "freedom fighters" and therefore are rightfully being rewarded.
The second claim is that the payments are actually "social welfare for the families," and therefore not a reward for terror.