No consequences: Israel to release millions in aid to Palestinians

posted at 1:12 pm on May 11, 2006 by Allahpundit

They’ve ruined themselves nearly as completely as they can — and for precisely that reason, we need to keep paying them. First America, now Israel:

Israel stopped transferring some $55 million in tax and customs revenues it collects monthly on behalf of the Palestinians shortly after Hamas won January parliamentary elections.

The withholding of those funds, coupled with a cutoff in aid from the U.S. and European Union, has left the Palestinians broke and two months behind in paying salaries to government workers who provide for about a third of the people in the West Bank and Gaza.

The potential humanitarian crisis is fueling international alarm.

Amir Peretz, Israel’s new defense minister, is also considering re-opening commercial transit between Israel and Gaza. Because people that elect genocidal anti-Semites deserve nothing less.

The saddest part of this charade?

Gazans are wary, watchful and increasingly angry at their plight. For now they are angry at the United States for withholding financial support over the Hamas victory. But their anger may also turn against Hamas, whose refusal to recognize Israel has isolated its government, some Fatah leaders warn.

It won’t now. No consequences, no accountability, because they know the idiots across their border and beyond the sea will ride to the rescue once things get “bad enough.”

And so, a few more years of “activism.”

There’s news today too about some Hamas leaders agreeing with Fatah on a new platform that would implicitly recognize Israel. You’ll have to read down to the third paragraph to find out where these Hamas “leaders” are, which might have some bearing on why they’re suddenly so Jew-friendly. In any event, cold water from JPost.

Update: Excerpts from the Fatah-Hamas jailhouse pact. Spot the dealbreaker. Two dealbreakers, actually.

Update: Cox & Forkum (who designed the shrieking video guy at the top of our page) sum it up:


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Question: Why does Israel collect taxes and customs revenues for them?

Sarah D. on May 11, 2006 at 1:38 PM

It seems like the world has lost its guts.

Tom Shakely on May 11, 2006 at 1:52 PM

Looks like Ahmadinejad’s letter to Bush has hit its mark, and the world is lining up to pay the jizya.

Bryan on May 11, 2006 at 1:55 PM

Jewish guilt really sucks

Defector01 on May 11, 2006 at 2:06 PM

Well, just when withholding of money from the idiots running Palestine was starting to have an effect, both Israel and the United States backed down and opened the money gate again, giving the Palestinians no reason to tell their newly-elected terrorist Hamas rulers to begin behaving like civilized people. Remember, the Palestinian people elected these idiots, so there should be consequences. Supposedly there were, until consequences began working. As of now, anyone that thinks ANYTHING will EVER change in that part of the world is an idiot, like America is, to keep funding both sides. We have literally lost our minds.

clyde on May 11, 2006 at 2:08 PM

Fear not my frustrated amigos! (Sorry, gotta work on my Spanglish!) No money will ever make its way into the hands of the Palestinian people. It will evaporate like rain falling in the desert, causing even greater pain, anger, and frustration then having none at all! For then who will be to blame? Yeah I know! The Israelis and the US. Nothing new here so “come’on Cisco, les went”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on May 11, 2006 at 2:31 PM


NRA4Freedom on May 11, 2006 at 3:21 PM

Spot the dealbreaker. Two dealbreakers, actually.

I’m up to 5.

Jerusalem as the capitol of said imaginary state.
Unilateral drawing of borders.
Right of return.
Release of all prisoners.

More hot air (no offense) and nothing will change. There is no point to any of it.

Pablo on May 11, 2006 at 3:33 PM

Leftist defeatism knows no borders. This is the way of the left to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Israels current government, like the US Democratic party, is the most left ever. Such would be the way of America if the Dems get to shut down gitmo, clog our courts with civil rights cases for the terrorists, and (Kerry said it!) give money to N. Korea and send nuclear material to Iran. Is it my imagination or is Peretz so socialist that he actually looks like Stalin?

Reality Check on May 11, 2006 at 4:00 PM

Our word is apparently worth nothing. We said ‘no money until Hamas recognizes Israel and their right to exist’. So what happened to that????

The US is turning into a wimp, sissy, whiney, good for nothing. If we cannot keep our word on this, and hold back this money from these terrorists, then what good are we???

Do we actually think all of this money will go to food, hospitals, doctors, salaries? Of course not, it will go to the ‘security forces’ aka terrorists, suicide bombers, rocket launchers,…

I’m disgusted!

Debbie on May 11, 2006 at 4:11 PM

Why is the media (including blogs) covering the daily rantings of the crossed-eyed f***nut from Iran?

It is almost as if the media is enjoying building up the confrontation to a point where Iran will be unable to back off and where Israel or the US will be forced to retaliate.

Michelle, why no mention of Israel’s replies to this moron’s threats? VP Peres has made two determinate statements of the consequences to Iran should it continue along its suicidal path of taunting a nation far stronger than itself.

One: Peres said Israel is far stronger than anything Iran and other likeminded can throw at Israel and nothing in the Middle-East’s history will argue otherwise,
Two: Peres said that if Iran constinues threatening destruction, it is facing its OWN destruction.

Two perfectly reasoned replies to threats being made against it but have not been widely publicized. Why, Michelle? Care to start another line of thought?

What people need is to feel our leaders have everything under control and part of the reassuring process is to keep the morale of the populus strong. To be constantly threatened about imminent destruction here and there, and watch as our leaders say nothing because they think they are taking the moral higher ground. Bunkum. The average Joe in the street on our side wants tough responses to the threats,if only to boost morale.

Great White on May 11, 2006 at 4:56 PM

Israel continues to show itself as an appeaser to the terrorists in order that the left will see the terrorists
don’t care (i.e., the next homicide bomber will go off in spite of the appeasement). But the lefties will continue to blame Israel.

gary on May 11, 2006 at 7:56 PM

I’m guessing that behind the scenes Israel has been promised something closely resembling extortion if it didn’t join the US in paying the monies to Hamas. Thank our State Department which still runs on the premise that throwing money at problems solves them. Or keeps belligerent pychos from being funded by other belligerent pychos.
If Israel’s wallet is open,it’s because the hand and arm holding the wallet is being twisted.
I have an idea-rather than allow Jordanians now declaring themselves “Palistinians” to bother Israel, use economic sanctions against Jordan, forcing it to come pick up and care for their unruly citizens, since they obviously can’t take care of themselves. Maybe our State Department could bribe Jordan.

Doug on May 12, 2006 at 9:21 AM