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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Shubaki: Arafat used aid cash to buy weapons

Wondering why the 'Palestinian Authority' is broke? Here's one reason.

According to the Jerusalem Post, former Arafat paymaster Fuad Shubaki, a Palestinian official who was arrested by the IDF two months ago during the Jericho prison operation, told the Shin Bet (General Security Service) that former Palestinian Authority chairman Yasser Arafat ordered millions of dollars of aid money, transferred by Israel and the international community, to be used to purchase weapons and ammunition. As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!"

Shubaki revealed that several senior Palestinian officials were involved in the allocation of the money to military purposes.

Among the PA officials involved, Israel Radio reported that Jibril Rajoub, Amin al-Hindi and Razi Jibali, all received payments for their part in the weapons purchase.

Shubaki also told the Shin Bet that the attempted smuggling of a large amount of weapons into the Palestinian territories on board the ship Karine A, which was intercepted by Israeli Naval commandos, was coordinated between the PA, Hizbullah and the Revolutionary Guards in Iran.

In his investigation, Shubaki admitted to funding terror cells and to conducting talks with Iran, which offered to assist in the establishment of weapons-producing installations.


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