(July 1, 2018 / JNS) Stuart Force, the father of U.S. Army Capt. Taylor Force, who was murdered in 2016 by a terrorist in Tel Aviv, will arrive in Israel to be to attend a Knesset vote over whether to offset salaries paid by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists from tax monies collected by Israel.
The historic bill is expected to pass into law on Monday, and aims at putting to an end Palestinian Authority practices that provide salaries to P.A. and Israeli Arabs who attack Jews, with varying amounts given according to crime and sentence, as well as additional funds given to Israeli Arabs.
On March 23, the Taylor Force Act passed in both houses of Congress, ending American aid to the P.A. until it definitively proves that has stopped paying stipends to terrorists and their families.
Force was invited for the vote—his first trip to Israel—by co-sponsors of the Israeli version of the bill, Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee head Avi Dichter (Likud) and Knesset member Elazar Stern (Yesh Atid).
Taylor Force, a West Point graduate and army veteran, was in Israel on a Vanderbilt University graduate program for global entrepreneurship in 2016 when he was stabbed to death by a terrorist. In addition to Force, 10 others were injured in the attack.
The terrorist, 21-year-old Bashar Masalha from Kalkilya, was killed on the scene by Israeli police. The P.A. began to pay his family a monthly salary several times the average Palestinian monthly wage, as part of a policy recently termed “pay-to-slay.”
Force will also take part in a U.S. Independence Day party hosted by U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman.