PA Chair Mahmoud Abbas and EU Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana.
The European Union agreed today to gift the new Palestinian Hamas government with $143 million in 'urgent aid'. The funds were required to avoid "economic chaos" from paralyzing the Palestinian Authority, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said.
Officials said the aid package comprises $48 million to pay for the Palestinian Authority's energy and other utility bills, $76 million for health and education projects and $21 million to help the authority pay its employees. Apparently al Aksa and the Tanzim won't kill Jews as a hobby.
The rationalization on this is that the money is for humanitarian purposes, and to be given to the Palestinians before the Hamas government takes power. Of course, since the money is being given directly to Abbas, the same person who padded the PA payroll with 37,000 `jobs' for positions that didn't exist and considering that there is little or no oversight possible as to where the funds end up, this ends up being the grossest hypocrisy on the EU's part, funding a government headed by an organization the EU itself labels as terrorists.
"The concept is to be able to help the Palestinian people, to be able to help the Palestinian Authority during this transition period," said EU spokeswoman Cristina Gallach.
"Later on we will evaluate what is the government doing, what the composition of the government is," Gallach said. "What we want is to help as much as possible the Palestinian president, the key interlocutor and somebody we have dealt with for a long time."
"We will continue to support the Palestinian Authority until the new government is formed and we have tried to find the necessary resources to do that," EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said after a telephone conference call that included UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
"We hope that we will have enough money to sustain the Palestinian Authority at least until the new government is established," Solana told reporters.
Some terrorists are apparently more worthy than others of aid and support from the West.