Andrew Tobin of the Washington Free Beacon reports bad news for those seeking peace in the Middle East.

As President Joe Biden pushes to empower the Palestinian Authority in the name of Middle East peace, the PA has committed tens of millions of dollars in reward money to terrorists who were killed or captured while carrying out the Oct. 7 terror attack on Israel and the resulting war.

Since Oct. 7, the PA has doubled down on its longstanding “pay for slay” policy, which gives salaries and benefits to Palestinians imprisoned for involvement in violence against Israel and to the families of those killed in “the revolution” against the Jewish state. The policy does not distinguish between terrorists and civilians. But based on Israel Defense Forces estimates of enemy casualties and prisoners, the PA has put itself on the hook for more than $97 million in such payments for more than 13,000 Hamas terrorists in the year following Oct. 7.

The PA has moved to ramp up its spending on terrorism even as the West Bank, where the PA governs, spirals into a historic economic crisis. It’s a stark display of the authority’s priorities that clashes with the Biden administration’s vague plans for a “revamped” PA to govern Gaza—and eventually a Palestinian state that will supposedly lead regional normalization with Israel.

The Israeli government has opposed Biden’s post-war plans, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying the PA is little different than Hamas. Brig. Gen. (res.) Yossi Kuperwasser, a former director general of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs under Netanyahu, told the Washington Free Beacon that a PA-run Gaza would quickly pose a renewed Oct. 7-like threat.

“There’s no reason to believe anything else would happen if the Palestinian Authority took control of Gaza,” said Kuperwasser, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, a think tank. “The Palestinian Authority is responsible for creating an incentive system and a mindset that made Oct. 7 possible in the first place, and they are too weak and unpopular to stop it from happening again.”