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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Cracks in the international wall against aiding Hamas

A couple of weeks ago, when the EU confirmed that it was suspending aid to the 'Palestinian Authority' Hamastan, I said it would just be a matter of time before they reversed that decision. There are two signs this morning that I was right.

Yesterday, the EU urged Israel to resume transferring funds to the 'Palestinian Authority.' EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero- Waldner said that freezing funds increases the 'suffering of the Palestinian people', and prevents the PA from operating. And therefore? The 'Palestinian people' chose with their eyes open on January 25, and now they should suffer the consequences of their choice!

Ferrero also criticized Israel for closing the border crossings to the Gaza Strip, and said that Europe continued to 'stand by the Palestinian people.' She added that Europe would continue to provide money for electricity, food, education and other projects, so 'their basic human needs will be met in the future.'

The second sign that I was right came from - where else - Fwance.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy urged continued aid to the Palestinians on Wednesday at the opening of a European-Arab forum that focused on tensions over the rise of Hamas.

"France remains convinced that aid to the Palestinians should be maintained to avoid punishing the population, which expressed itself democratically," Douste-Blazy said. "We do not want to ignore the electoral reality emerging from the Palestinian ballot boxes that testifies to the discontent of the Palestinian opinion."

It's not punishment - it's living with the consequences of your actions.

The Jerusalem Post adds that the 'forum' aims at encouraging dialogue between Europeans and Arabs and cooling tensions that have heated up over the rise of Hamas, Iran's nuclear program and the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published in European newspapers.

"No progress will be sustainable if the international community doesn't engage in a determinant way in the resolution of crises and tensions that affect the Arab-Muslim world," Douste-Blazy said.

And you wonder why Europe is becoming Eurabia?


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