Gaza gets massive bailout w. pseudo-conditions.....
Donors allow Hamas to get aid despite still being armed:
The Palestinians were hoping for $4 billion, but the donor states pledged $5.4 billion, half of which will be "dedicated" to the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, according to Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende.
It is not yet clear how the second half will be spent.
Hamas can rebuild its infrastructure on foreign funding, which inlcudes arms supplied by Iran, and need not reimburse Gazans for the destruction that Hamas's rocketry brought down on Gaza.
The Gray Lady reports that Israel's demands--disarmament, no rebuilding conditions--were ignored:
Israeli officials acknowledged Sunday that Israel failed to link international assistance for the rehabilitation of Gaza after the summer’s war to its central demand that Hamas disarm, as delegates representing some 50 nations and 20 regional and international organizations pledged billions to rebuild the Palestinian enclave.
An Israeli official was quoted by Channel 2 admitting that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand that Hamas give up its arms — endorsed in principle by the US, EU and others at the end of the 50-day conflict — had not prevailed as a condition for overseas funding to rehabilitate Gaza. The funding for reconstruction, the official said, would flow so long as the ceasefire was maintained. Further development of Gaza after such reconstruction, the official said, would be contingent on the demilitarization of the Strip.
Israeli officials noted that a mechanism had been agreed, with UN involvement, to ensure that international funding not be diverted to finance the rebuilding of Hamas’s military capabilities. But sources quoted by Channel 10 expressed concern that such a mechanism would not hold firm, and the same TV report quoted sources in Gaza as saying there was no practical way to control how such money would be spent. The head of the Israeli Air Force’s Air Defense Command told The Times of Israel last week that Hamas has resumed rocket manufacturing in Gaza.
Yet even the Gray Lady's editorial board saw the future clearly: another Gaza war:
....What is the point of raising and spending many millions of dollars (the Palestinians say $4 billion is required) to rebuild the Gaza Strip just so it can be destroyed in the next war? It’s a harsh question. Given the region’s tragic history, it is also inevitable.
Israel and Hamas have fought three wars in the last six years. Ending this depressing cycle will require a durable solution, not just short-term emergency aid and a temporary cease-fire until bombs start falling again. That, in turn, requires imaginative diplomacy to make sure any rebuilding program is linked to a permanent cease-fire and is designed in a way that strengthens the Palestinian Authority and its president, Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate committed to peace with Israel, while weakening Hamas, Israel’s implacable enemy.
Meanwhile, Palestinians in Jerusalem continue to reject the right of Jews to visit their religion's holiest shrines. They are conducting what has been called a "silent intifada" against Jews in east Jerusalem--attacks against Jews:
The attitude of the establishment media was best-expressed in a recent editorial in Haaretz, the left-wing bastion to which foreign media turn for their “knowledge” of Israel.
It pointed out that hundreds of Arab attackers who have been arrested are minors, some as young as 13. After stating its questionable case that the police treat Arabs rougher than Jews, Haaretz concluded, “After nearly 50 years of occupation, disinheritance, annexation and settlement — and years after the separation barrier was put up, cutting off East Jerusalem from the West Bank — young people in the Arab neighborhoods are willing to gamble with their future and express anger and frustration with their living conditions.
“The city and national governments’ continued failure to address the problems of the eastern part of the city, under the slogan of ‘Jerusalem United forever.’”
P.C.-addled mainstream media and local governments have, no surprise, simply ignored the attacks--just as often they deny racially-motivated attacks against whites in America.
And feckless Europe increasingly backs recognition of a Palestinian state. Hamas will, of course, claim--and receive--credit for getting this done. Alas, Euro-anger is fueled by misinformed, misplaced anger over "settlements." It is further fueled by SecState Kerry's recent intimation that the IsraelPalestinian impasse aids Islamist recruitment.
Conclude with an ugly episode from the summer's Gaza War that shows an ugly side to Team Obama's treatment of Israel. Seems that on July 20 an IDF soldier was apparently taken hostage in Gaza City. Israel began a frantic search, including Facebook accounts that might provide clues as to the whereabouts of hostage-takers. The FBI was asked to help trace these. Initially the FBI did so; but then they were denied approval by legal eagles in the Justice Dept. It is routine to aid an ally in these cases; approval is rarely denied. As it happens, on July 25 Israel determined that the IDF soldier was dead.
Bottom Line. Peace in Gaza? Jerusalem? Better chance that Ebola will become tame.
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