The ‘Loony Left’ is just as much of a problem in Israel as it is in most other free and democratic countries and it is just as confused, cozening and callow, there, as anywhere else. In Israel it has led to a weird state of affairs fully supported by the left-wing that means that the Government is knowingly funding terrorism against its own people and seemingly doesn’t know how to stop doing so or how to correct the abuse of its generosity by the Arabs in the Gaza Strip.
“...the government of Israel ... [will] ... transfer $13 million in cash ... into the Gaza Strip this week.”
The money is ostensibly to pay the maintenance to approximately thirty thousand Fatah members and some thousands of Hamas members in the Strip who, so it is claimed, are on the Palestinian Authority’s payroll.
“... some cash is deposited into the Postal Bank to pay salaries to military and security officials, including to the PA police. Cash is also deposited into the Islamic Bank in Gaza and to the Arab Bank ...”
In practice, however, the cash is rapidly diverted by criminal means to nefarious purposes:
“But the cash has a very short shelf life as Hamas is constantly raiding the banks, forcing some banks to close up business.
“The Palestine Islamic Bank in Gaza City suspended operations after Hamas raided the financial institution and grabbed $16,000,” Middle East Newsline reported on June 28, 2010. “The money [from Israel] was said to have been deposited in the account of the Educational Teaching Society, frozen by the bank several days earlier. This marked the third Hamas raid of Palestinian banks in the Gaza Strip during 2010. Several months earlier, the Bank of Palestine was attacked by Hamas troops, who made off with $280,000 from a deposit held by a Hamas-dominated charity.”
Sources said that the cash is quickly dissipated as it is used to pay the tunnel smugglers from Egypt into Gaza for weapons ...”
"In May , Palestinian gunmen entered the Arab Bank and demanded $400,000 in tax proceeds destined for the Palestinian Authority, expelled by Hamas in 2007. The Arab Bank, with 500 branches in 30 countries, was identified as one of the last financial institutions that operated under international standards. The Arab Bank, the second largest financial institution in the Gaza Strip, has already dismissed hundreds of employees and closed two branches. Executives said the Hamas raids have jeopardized the banking system."
Of course, there are good people in Israel who see the stupidity of paying their enemies to continue attacking them. The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel is one of the organisations fighting this silliness:
“Nachi Eyal, Director General of The Legal Forum for the Land of Israel said that the Supreme Court has already rejected two petitions filed against the cash transfers. Eyal said the public cannot rely on the courts at this juncture.
“What we need now is public pressure,” Eyal said. “About a year ago, we tried to stop the Brinks truck carrying the money into Gaza at the crossing point but the truck just swerved off the road and continued.”
Unofficial sources said that the $13 million will be transferred on March 27 in two Brinks trucks.”
I have written before about the childish stupidity of the Gazan Arabs but whilst this behaviour is certainly childish it is not stupid. It is a well worked out plan to keep the ordinary population of Gaza as poor as possible whilst ensuring that there is no shortage of weapons and ammunition of all sorts to kill Jews with. That the Government of Israel has no solution to this problem, and even if it had is so scared of the Left that it wouldn’t implement it, is nothing short of scandalous.
Despite the openly criminal nature of Hamas there are still western reporters and politicians who attempt to promulgate the big lie – that Gaza has a Government. Gaza has no such thing: it is run by a criminal gang the only interests of which are self-enrichment and Islamic terrorism, and those two characteristics are certainly not, anywhere amongst Islamists, mutually exclusive. It is sad to note that The West Bank is in no better a state.
Posted on 03/26/2011 8:31 PM by John M. Joyce