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TEL AVIV – Israel is too lenient with the Palestinians and should have cut funds to the Palestinian Authority a long time ago, Syrian opposition activist Issam Zeitoun told Breitbart News.
The Israeli security cabinet last week approved cutting some NIS 502,697,000 ($138 million) from taxes owed to the PA over its payments to terrorists and their families.
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Zeitoun dismissed the argument of some security officials in Israel that cutting funds to the PA would only make the situation in the West Bank more volatile.
“I wonder how anyone in Israel ever accepted that,” he said.
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“Any country would do the same,” Zeitoun stated. “Israel was too patient with them [Palestinians].”
“The first thing that any state does when it is faced with terrorism is to cut the funds, to control the finances,” he added.
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He went on to explain how the so-called pay-for-slay scheme incentivizes terrorists.
“Israel is paying for the people who are killing its citizens — it’s not acceptable. It’s also a motivation, it encourages Palestinians to kill more because the family will receive lifelong salary.”
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In the wide-ranging interview, Zeitoun claimed that Jews have become the scapegoat for major Arab problems in the past century or so.
This hatred became enmeshed with Arab nationalism and took root everywhere, from the education system to the media to religious discourse, Zeitoun explained.
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“Destroying Israel and liberating Jerusalem is priority number one,” Zeitoun said. “The [Arab world has] neglected...
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