The Israeli-American Coalition for Action (IAC for Action) joins a bipartisan group of U.S. Members of Congress in strong support of the Taylor Force Act. This important piece of legislation advances the prospects for peace by conditioning continued U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the PA ending its policy of financially rewarding terrorists and their families.

The legislation is named after Taylor Force  – a U.S. Army officer who visited Israel last year with a delegation of MBA students from Vanderbilt University – who was brutally stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Tel Aviv.

Since its establishment in 1994, the Palestinian Authority has received more than $5 billion in bilateral economic and non-lethal security assistance from the United States, including assistance for the PA’s security forces and criminal justice system. While the United States assistance amounts to $300-$500 million annually, the PA has been devoting about $300 million annually to imprisoned and released terrorists and their families.

Peace can only grow the seeds of tolerance, mutual understanding, and coexistence. While American taxpayers have been providing funding designed to support the development of responsible Palestinian institutions, the PA has been devoting about 8% of its budget towards financially rewarding terrorists and their families. This practice of incentivizing, glorifying, and rewarding terrorists serves as a major obstacle to advancing peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The IAC for Action is grateful to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) for introducing this vital piece of legislation. 

The IAC for Action has been working to ensure that this legislation receives bi-partisan support. We are appreciative of the leadership shown by the U.S. Senators and Representatives who are working to move this legislation forward on a bi-partisan basis. 

The U.S. must hold the PA accountable for this morally reprehensible policy, which has led to the murder of innocent Israelis and Americans, such as Taylor Force. We are looking forward to working, in a bi-partisan fashion, to advance this critical piece of legislation.