Trump administration declares ‘strong support’ for Taylor Force Act

The Trump administration declared its “strong support” for the Taylor Force Act, which seeks to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) over its payments to convicted terrorists or their families.

“The Trump administration strongly supports the Taylor Force Act, which is a consequence of Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization’s policy of paying terrorists and their families,” a State Department spokesperson said, the Associated Press reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at a press briefing in Washington, D.C. in Aug. Credit: U.S. State Department via flickr.

The spokesperson added that President Donald Trump “raised the need to end any part of this program that incentivizes violence against Israeli and American citizens with President Mahmoud Abbas last May in both Washington and Bethlehem.”

The announcement comes several weeks after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee beefed up the legislation, named after a U.S. Army veteran killed by a Palestinian terrorist in Jaffa last year.

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas / AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX / AFP / THOMAS COEX

The Taylor Force Act’s new provisions add stricter conditions on American and European aid to the PA, urging donor nations to “cease direct budgetary support until the Palestinian Authority stops all payments incentivizing terror.”

The bill would cut off all U.S. aid to the PA until the State Department confirms that salaries paid to convicted terrorists have ceased. The new provisions also obligate the PA to revoke “any law, decree, regulation, or document authorising or implementing a system of compensation” to terrorists and their families.