Iran offers cash to families of terrorists who carry out attacks in Israel

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The world must condemn Iran’s practice of paying the families of terrorists who attack Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 25.

“Yesterday Iran announced that it will finance the families of the terrorists and murderers,” Netanyahu said before meeting with visiting Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. /AFP
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. /AFP

“This is something that the nations of the world must confront and condemn, and assist Israel – and other countries, of course – in repelling,” he said.

Netanyahu said the payments show that Iran continues to fund Palestinian and Hizbullah terrorists after implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers.

The Israeli leader also said the recent round of stabbings by Palestinian youth is “not happening in a vacuum. It comes from the Palestinian education system, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority.”

Netanyahu said that IDF Capt. (res.) Eliav Gelman died on Feb. 24 during an attack not by “the students of terrorism, but by those who teach terrorism – a Palestinian teacher.” Gelman’s assailant was a 26-year-old math teacher from al-Majd, west of Dura.

“The world needs to stand with Israel against this incitement, which is the No. 1 cause of terrorism,” he said.

Borissov, during comments he made before the meeting, said that the two countries cooperate in the security and counterterrorism spheres.

“I will not hide the fact that on many occasions we also have telephone conversations in that regard,” he said.

Security and intelligence cooperation between the two countries increased following the 2012 attack in Burgas, during which five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver were killed.

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