Welcome to the dreamy state of Palestine, perpetrator of approximately one suicide bombing a month since 2000 -- not to mention their role in firing rockets into civilian settlements and being an obstinante thorn in the side of peace. Arrogant, single-minded, cruel.
Until it comes to begging for money.
"We confirm to you this income will be used to pay the salaries of (government) employees and fund daily running costs and infrastructure. You can confirm this through a mechanism that can be agreed upon," whined Ismael Haniyeh, as he begged the EU to keep that $615 million of lifeblood a year transfusing into bloody Palestine. (source)But tie foreign aid to dropping Hamas' commitment to the destruction of Israel -- even if it's just the words on the paper of the Hamas charter, not necessarily real peace actions?
No, we want actions without consequences, said Haniyeh. (That's a loose paraphrase.) The EU needs to understand that a call to stop violence would "increase the suffering of our people who are looking for freedom, right of (refugee) return and independence." What about the suffering of the Isaelis?
What about the suffering of the Palestinians under their corrupt government? What about the suffering that their government causes by its bloody dedication to endless war?
Well, "the Americans and the European Union are dreaming if they think they can force us to change our positions," piped up another Hamasite, Mohammed Nazzal, on Al Arabiya television.
Meanwhile, Condi Rice said:
"The United States is not prepared to fund an organization that advocates the destruction of Israel, that advocates violence and that refuses its obligations." (Source)Let's stick to that. And let's keep the PA out of the money business until it gets itself out of the terror business.
The charity-dependent Palestinians have a well-honed NGO structure for the acceptance and allocation of money for their impoverished people. We can make sure the poor are fed and the sick are healed without giving the leaders of the carnage a penny.