Friday, May 05, 2006

EU and Arabs push for `humanitarian' aid to the Palestinians

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, the European Commission put out a proposal to provide `humanitarian' aid to the Palestinian Authority, using President Mahmoud Abbas's office to supposedly circumvent the Hamas government.

The EU has frozen direct aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, but the April 27 document says the commission intends to provide assistance to bolster Abbas as a go-between.

"With current or even substantially increased levels of funding, the EU will not be able to stave off a crisis but might be able to avert or delay a collapse," the document says.

No mention, of course of the supposedly broke Palestinians and Abbas and company dipping into the $1.4 billion Palestine Investment Fund.

Of course, back of it are the Arabs, namely Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. They have been pushing the so-caled `Quartet' to find ways to get funds to the Palestinian Authority and circumvent the U.S.-led aid ban on Hamas that they say could cause a "humanitarian crisis." Of course, one doesn't see these Arab nations offering to take in the `Palestinians' as a `sacrifice for peace' or offering them any land. Only the Israeli govenrment appears to be stupid enough to fall for that nonsense.

Speaking in Brussels, EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the EU would seek the backing of the United States and other members of the international peacekeeping "Quartet" for a mechanism to "control and deliver" funds to the Palestinians.

"We do hope there is a chance for a common agreement on this principle," she told a news briefing. She also announced that the EU was considering releasing a new package of 34 million euros ($43 million US) in `humanitarian' aid.

While the Bush Administration hasn't signed on to this nonsense yet, they have agreed to finance an expansion of Abbas's presidential guard, Force 17, with the EU also providing some of the funds for training and equipment. Haven't we been down this road before?

Get a clue please , Europeans and Mr. President..these people are NOT your friends. And they have signified as much constantly, and that includes the results of the last election, a hallmark in `Arab democracy.'

Every dollar given to these people frees up a dollar for use in terrorism. That's the main focus of the Palestinians, like it or not. And that includes Abbas.

Stop preaching a `war on terror' on the one hand and funding it with the other. And as far as the `Palestinians' go, they made their choice.

And choices have consequences. Isn't that what democracy is all about?

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