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Monday, May 17, 2010

Another OECD payoff

And you thought that business is business and that there were no political payoffs involved in being admitted to the OECD. You were wrong.

Israel is allowing 30 tons of building materials to be shipped into Gaza in what is apparently a payoff for French support for its OECD membership bid.
One diplomatic source raised the possibility that the timing of the passage of the convoy was a payback to Sarkozy for helping Israel gain entrance last week into the OECD. One of the countries that the source said needed some pressure to okay Israel’s entrance into the organization was Belgium, whose Foreign Minister Steven Vanackere arrived Sunday evening for the first visit by a Belgian foreign minister since 2007.

Belgium is considered one of the more critical countries of Israel inside the EU. Vanackere will hold meetings both in Jerusalem and with PA leaders in Ramallah during his two-day visit.
What could go wrong?


At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Gaza really needs the additional building materials - as of this past Sunday.

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

I read on arutz sheva today, hamas has bulldozed its own people's homes in Rafah, saying it is "government" land. I presume they need the 30 tons to build themselves some luxury houses in Rafah.


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