Our clueless Secretary of State stepped in it again.
Kerry, speaking at the World Economic Forum Aqaba, Jordan announced his bold new plan to build the Palestinian economy at the U.S. taxpayer's expense to the tune of $4 billion. Of course, this came direct from President Obama, who has given the corrupt Palestinian Authority more American jizya than any other administration.
Kerry promised that this new plan would be “bigger, bolder and more ambitious” than anything since the Oslo accords, more than 20 years ago. Of course we know how that worked out, but apparently nobody told John Kerry.
The prompt reply from the Palestinians? You'll pay us our jizya, infidel. But political concessions? Go pound sand:
The Palestinian Authority on Monday rejected the idea of economic benefits in exchange for political concessions put forward by US Secretary of State John Kerry one day prior.
“The Palestinian leadership will not offer political concessions in exchange for economic benefits,” PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s economic adviser, Mohammad Mustafa, said in a statement, according to the Palestinian Ma’an news agency. “We will not accept that the economy is the primary and sole component.”
The statement came a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a $4 billion investment plan meant to jumpstart both the Palestinian economy and peace talks with Israel.
The Pals, of course, expect to get their money anyway out of President Obama, plus every single one of their demands...without giving up anything at all.
They're likely right. I think the Obama Administration's idea here is a plan for economic warfare against Israel...increased support for boycotting Israeli goods in the EU (and perhaps even in the US) while at the same time building up the Palestinian economy and handing them Israel's export market on a platter.
Never mind that it's $4 billion we don't have to spare at the moment.
The plan will likely fail because (A) a lot of countries want Israeli high tech, gas, oil and weaponry, and it will find markets regardless, even if it's CHina or India rather than the EU (B) The leadership of the Arabs whom refer to themselves as Palestinians is far too corrupt to avoid pillaging it to fatten their personal bank accounts and (C) Abbas and his corrupt crew aren't going to be arond all that much longer anyway as Hamas takes over.
In addition, no Israeli government is going to agree with the kind of territorial and strategic concessions the Arabs whom refer to themselves as Palestinians insist in.