Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid if that is what is necessary to forge a reconciliation deal with Hamas, the Associated Press quoted his adviser as saying on Monday.
Azzam Ahmed stated that “the Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid.”
Ed Morrissey calls it smart power. I call it unintended consequences. We both agree:
I understand the need to keep up appearances, but the fact that Abbas is reaching out to Hamas at all reveals the peace process as a sham. If Abbas was interested in peace, he’d never try to get back into the good graces of Hamas. Abbas is probably looking at the new situation in Gaza now that Egypt is about to welcome the Muslim Brotherhood into governing, which is after all the parent organization of Hamas. While Mubarak suppressed the Ikhwan, Gaza was isolated, both economically and diplomatically. If Egypt draws closer to Hamas, it will be Abbas and the PA left out in the cold.
I say, let’s not wait. Let’s cut off aide now. Why wait for Egypt to start sending aide to Hamas and the PA before cutting off our own aide?
But of course, President Obama is too weak to do anything. The PA sees blood in the water and they are about ready to bit the hand that feeds them. This is what happens when you try to play footies with a former terrorist group.
Also, if I was Netanyahu, I would have just about of enough of this nonsense and invade Gaza and the West Bank before the UN declares a Palestinian state. There is honestly no point in it any more, because there will be a war anyway if this happens. He’ll wait for a build-up in the Sinai, which is smart, but I would not wait for Egypt to get their act together.
I mean, what is Obama going to do? Obama is tied-up in Libya. In fact, NATO is now saying it will delay take-over in Libya (link coming soon). If Obama even thought of stopping Israel in any way, I hope the GOP in the House would fry him over an open fire. It’s bad enough that he went to Libya without congressional approval. To attack an ally for defending itself, is beyond insane.
This is also why IT’S A BAD IDEA to pick sides in these Middle East conflicts. We back the rebels in Egypt over Mubarak. Now they might turn around and support terrorists. Abbas will then, in turn, use their old alliance with Egypt to finish what they wanted to start prior to the Six-Day War. Maybe the Obama Administrantion is banking on that if they help the rebels they will become our bestest friends ever, but what guarantee do we have that the Libyan rebels won’t turn on us next?