June 11th, 2010
By Patrick Brown
President Obama and Palestinian President Abbas
On Wednesday, Obama announced that the U.S. will be sending Palestine 400 million dollars of aid after a lengthy meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. According to Obama, the money is for “assistance for housing, school construction, [and] business development.” Ten million dollars of this amount is funding for school construction in the Gaza strip.
School construction? There can’t be anything wrong with that, right? Besides the glaring problem that the U.S. is 13 trillion dollars in debt and can ill afford to fund Palestinian construction projects, the main problem is that Israel has spent the last few years (highlighted by the recent incident with the activist flotilla) trying to keep construction materials out of Gaza because of the high likelihood that such materials will be used by Hamas to construct bunkers and rocket launching sites used to attack Israeli cities. Sure, there will be promises that no money will go to Hamas. But how often is aid to countries intercepted by the rulers while the people are left to rot? And why would it be any different with Hamas, a terrorist organization and ally of Iran?
How naive can Obama be? Or does this announcement actually reveal his contempt for Israel and its right to survive? I’m sure 10 million dollars would feel nice in the pockets of terrorists who call America the “Great Satan” and want to wipe Israel off the map.
Obama’s naivety/contempt is also shown by his discussion with President Abbas about Palestinian incitement. Prior to the meeting, White House officials hosted a leadership meeting of the Jewish advocacy group, the Orthodox Union, and promised that Obama would confront Abbas about Palestinian incitement of violence.
Abbas’ response to this was simple: “I say in front of you, Mr. President, that we have nothing to do with incitement against Israel, and we’re not doing that.”
Obama evidently took this at face value and proceeded to promise Abbas 400 million dollars rather than call out this bald-faced lie. The fact that Obama earlier promised Jewish leaders to confront the encouragement of violence shows that he had at least some knowledge of Palestinian incitement, which he obviously chose to ignore.
A recent report by the Palestinian Media Watch shows the truth about Abbas and the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of its people to hate Israel. According to the report, “Official PA TV continues to teach children to envision a world in which Israel does not exist and all of Israel is instead part of the “State of Palestine.” One official statement on PA TV a few weeks ago said that all the cities that are now within Israel should be part of Palestine and told all Jews to get out and go back to their homeland in Poland. Hmm, didn’t now-former White House correspondent Helen Thomas say something very similar recently? Maybe she got her ideas from watching a little late-night Palestinian TV.
It seems Obama would rather provide material aid to enemies of the U.S and her allies than call out the Palestinian president’s lie. Why are we giving Palestine 400 million dollars of U.S money at a time when we have 13 trillion dollars of national debt and when much of the aid may land in the hands of Hamas? Obama will to have to answer some tough questions in the days ahead.
Update: If there was any question of Obama’s attitude toward Israel, William Kristol reported today that Obama will be supporting an anti-Israel resolution in the UN next week. It seems Obama’s true feelings are starting to come out