Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The Palestinians get their jizya from the West
Apparently the US has `softened' its position on aid to the Palestinian Authority, and Israel, under severe pressure, has agreed to release to transfer NIS 50 million to the Palestinian Authority, according to Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. That's about $11 million US.
The money is supposed to be used for `humanitarian purposes' only. Is that a tacit admission that the millions of donor aid from the US, UN and EU given to the Palestinians over the years for `humanitarian aid' were used for something else?
This would be ludicrous if it weren't so tragic. Only the present Israeli goverment would transfer money to its avowed enemies.
While the US has reacted with a certain amount of ambivalence, the so-called `Quartet' -the US, the UN, Russia and the EU - said today that a decision has been taken to funnel aid to the Palestinian Authority.
The EU (who else?) is supposed to present the Americans with a proposal on Palestinian aid during talks in Brussels in two weeks. Deatils are supposed to be finalized on the details of a mechanism to funnel aid to the Palestinians while ensuring funds don't reach Hamas.
Tell me another good one, boys!
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice denied that the US has changed its position, telling Fox News nothing changed in light of the Quartet declaration. I think she's dissembling, to be polite about it.
"What is being said to Hamas is: Come into line with the norms of the international community and do so because as the government of the Palestinian people, they are owed a better life, and a better life is only going to come in the context of a two-state solution and ... negotiations on a peace process,’" Rice said.
The real story? The Arabs, the Russians and the usual suspects within the EU put tremendous pressure on the US to fold. In other words, Rice was forced to bow to the European-Arab position and rescue the Hamas government if it wanted support on the Iranian nuclear problem.
In reality, when push comes to shove, The US won't get help from the Russians, the Arabs and a significant portion of the EU on Iran either...but that's another topic.
The `Quartet' with US agreement has now bypassed its own stipulations for aid: recognition of Israel, renunciation of terrorism and acceptance of previous agreements between the Palestinians and Israel.
This decision opens the cash floodgates for international funds to reach the Hamas-led regime..in other words, business with terrorists as usual. Israel and the US will live to regret this.