Days after Trump approved further cuts to foreign aid for the Palestinian Authority over the practice of paying a salary to terrorists and families of slain assailants, Ramallah announced an allocation of $355 million for the cause in 2018 — an $8 million increase over last year. This amount constitutes a significant portion of the PA’s yearly budget, which stands at $4.76 billion for 2018.


While the practice has been ignored for a long time by Western donors, whose aid comprises a hefty portion of West Bank’s and Gaza’s finances, calls to review these payments have intensified. So far, Germany, Norway and Australia have announced investigations into the spending of their funds.