Sunday, February 26, 2006
The right half of Arafat's forked tongue, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat sat in on a meeting with in Ramallah with visiting deputy US Secretary of State for Middle East Affairs David Welsh and Arafat 2 Abbas and cam out all smiles, saying the U.S. pledged to continue financial support for the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) and the Hamas Palestinian government.
The meeting was the first high-level U.S.-Palestinian contact since Hamas, whose charter calls for destruction of Israel, scored a landslide victory in Palestinian Parliamentary elections last month.
Welsh is also supposed to meet with Israeli officials today, to brief them and give `em the good news.
I imagine that after Condi Rice visited our `eternal friends' the Saudis. she was told in no uncertain terms that not only would they not cease funding the Palestinian terrorist group but that the US had better fork over the usual funding as well.
Welch was then sent scuttling over to kiss Abbas' ring, tell him that all of Dubbya's rhetoric about not dealing with Hamas was a misunderstanding and that the US taxpayers could be relied on to continue financing terrorists...so long as they concentrate on Israeli targets and issue suitable hints about a 'ceasefire' now and then.
Congress has legislation pending that would mandate a halt to aid for the Palestinian Authority, regardless of how a President might want to weasel around it. It needs to be passed.