Money for nothin' and chicks for free
Whatever happens the "International Community" has to keep on supplying money to Hamas for whatever purposes Hamas intends to use it. Jimmy Carter and the Guardian have already made the argument.
- Carter, who led an 85-member international observer team from around the world organized by the 'National Democratic Institute' in partnership with 'The Carter Center,' urged the international community to directly or indirectly fund the new Palestinian Government even though it will be led by an internationally-declared foreign terror organization. "The Palestinian Government is destitute, and in desperate financial straits. I hope that support for the new government will be forthcoming," Carter said at a Jerusalem press conference. -- Jerusalem Post
- Any cut-off in EU aid would only be a gift to Israel's hardliners. The EU is the largest international donor to the Palestinian Authority, and Javier Solana, the EU foreign policy chief, blundered last month when he told a Gaza press conference that "it would be very difficult for the help and the money that goes to the Palestinian Authority to continue to flow" if Hamas were in government. ... Above all, Europe should not get hung up on the wrong issues, like armed resistance and the "war on terror". -- Tony Steele in the Guardian
Even Israel is expected to keep the money flowing.
- Israel could plunge the Palestinian Authority into a financial crisis by withholding its main source of income, following the election victory by the militant group Hamas, Israeli officials warned yesterday ... Speaking in Davos, Mazen Sinokrot, the Palestinian economics minister, urged Israel to maintain its financial ties with the PA. "Israel has always been our major trading partner. I'm sure the Israelis with their wise approach will look at it in a very positive way and will not try to tackle any incorrect issues when it comes to the collection of revenues," he said. --- Scotsman.com News - International
The United States, the EU, Israel and the United Nations are expected to keep dishing out the money and "not get hung up on the wrong issues, like armed resistance and the 'war on terror'"
Two posts back, on January 26, I predicted this would happen once people got up the gumption to stick out their hands. But I thought the interval would be more decent.
The relationship between the West and the Palestinian proto-state has been unnatural in that it paid or supplied most of the services that the Palestinian state ought to have provided in the first place. This not only contributed to corruption but relieved the Palestinian political parties of the burden of good governance. It was never necessary to collect garbage or build roads and the political parties were free, like teenagers supported by indulgent parents, to leave their rooms dirty while they raised hell.
Now some will argue that the Palestinian Authority was in no position to do this due to Israeli occupation. But now that they've got some territory and a government that excuse will be thin.
More is expected of America than to "do business" with the PA in the same way it does with other countries. It will not be enough to desist from invasion and to observe international usages. What is expected is to keep paying their bills.
I think the implicit expectation will be to keep the money -- a.k.a. the peace process -- flowing to Hamas. Failure to do this will be described as "punishing the Palestinians" for exercising their democratic rights. But where is it written that one country must underwrite another?
It wasn't a difficult prediction to make. Only five months ago during the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza the United Nations saw its way clear to support those jeering the Israelis out. The New York Sun reported:
The United Nations bankrolled the production of thousands of banners, bumper stickers, mugs, and T-shirts bearing the slogan "Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem," which have been widely distributed to Palestinian Arabs in the Gaza Strip, according to a U.N. official.
"Today Gaza and Tomorrow the West Bank and Jerusalem". Now who said something like that before? This is the way the West may end, not with a mighty clash of arms, but in shame. In deserved shame.