Israel will withhold the amount paid to Ari Fuld’s murderer from funds earmarked for transfer to the Palestinian Authority.
Fuld, a dual American-Israeli citizen, was stabbed in the back in the parking lot of a shopping center in the area of Gush Etzion near Jerusalem. He survived long enough to pursue his attacker and shoot him, preventing further casualties.
According to Israel’s Channel Two, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon announced the decision to withhold funds on Friday, saying that this would not be the end of his efforts. “I will look into additional ways to limit the economic activities of the terrorist’s family,” he said.
The Palestinian Authority regularly pays salaries to imprisoned terrorists and their families, as well as the families of terrorists killed while committing attacks. In its 2018 budget, the PA earmarked $355 million for such “pay to slay” payments.