According to the official, holding back the monthly tax revenues – or a part of them – is one option Israel is considering in response to the Palestinian Authority's unilateral application last week to 15 international conventions and treaties, a move that sent the diplomatic talks into a tailspin.
According to a document released from the Prime Minister's Office, the Palestinian Authority transferred $153.5 in 2012 to terrorists in Israeli prisons and to their families, as well as families of deceased terrorists, including suicide bombers. This amounts to nearly 16% of all foreign aid to the PA.
The document said the PA received $786m in foreign aid in 2012, a substantial component of its $3.1b budget that year. According to these figures, money paid out to the terrorists and their families represents fully 5% of the PA's annual total budget. More