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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Gaza gets some spending money

Part of the deal worked out to get the Libyan ship Amalthea to land in El Arish and not in Gaza without a fight was to allow the Libyans to salve their consciences by donating a little spending money to Hamastan.
A day after a face-off between Israel and Libya was averted, when a Libyan ship set for Gaza unloaded its cargo in El-Arish, Sa'if al-Islam Qadaffi, son of Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffi, told an Arabic-language newspaper in London that Israel had agreed to allow Libya to send as much as $50 million to Gaza, as part of the agreement to prevent the ship from entering Gaza. The money will be transferred via UNWRA, and will be used for building projects, he said. The deal was arranged between Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, said Qadaffi, who was behind the ship's attempt to enter Gaza.
What a waste. The average Gazan will never see any of it. And the 'building projects' will only benefit Hamas loyalists.


At 10:33 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

You seem to forget that bunkers for Hamas leaders and rocket launchers are very expensive to build these days...so aren't you thrilled that this "humanitarian aid" is getting through?
Get with the program already!

At 12:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really bad idea. What a precedent to set...

At 7:15 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The amount of money sent will last UNRWA a couple of months. What it won't do is change the dysfunctional nature of Palestinian society in Gaza. As long as things remain the way they are, nothing will ever change there.


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