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What the USA and the Western Media DO want you to know

Genesius

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http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/06/18/palestinians.html

cbc said:
Major powers agree on emergency aid for Palestinians
Last Updated Sun, 18 Jun 2006 09:43:10 EDT
CBC News
The leading Mideast peace brokers have come up with a plan to help the Palestinians by resuming aid, which has been frozen since Hamas formed the government in March.

The funds will bypass Hamas, the political and militant group that won the Palestinian Authority election in January but sparked an international crisis over its continued refusal to recognize Israel's right to exist.

The so-called Quartet — which consists of the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia — said the aid money would cover essential supplies, such as health services, utilities and fuel.

There will also be direct cash payments to the poorest Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Western donors and Israel cut off millions of dollars in aid to the Palestinians shortly after the election, saying it would not be resumed unless Hamas renounces violence, recognizes Israel and agrees to respect existing peace agreements.
What are these? Existing peace agreements? That's news to me.

The emergency aid scheme has been adopted in order to stop the territories from sliding into chaos.

Palestinian government employees, who make up more than one-third of the workforce in the West Bank and Gaza, have not been paid for more than three months...

...The European Union drew up the proposal and won endorsement from its partners in Brussels on Saturday. The Europeans plan to channel aid worth €100 million ($141 million Cdn) through the World Bank.

But EU leaders insisted there will be no contact with Hamas until it meets Western demands.

The four peace brokers said the money would begin to flow by early July, with a review in three months' time.

Israel, which is to be presented with the plan by EU Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner on Monday, has reserved comment.

Abbas called the plan a good step, but added that it was inadequate.

European monitors based at the border crossing between Egypt and Gaza have complained that Palestinian ministers are breaching regulations and smuggling in millions of dollars in cash.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar brought in $20 million US in his suitcases via the Rafah crossing this week after visiting Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, China, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt.

On Saturday, he said he would continue to funnel the money despite European objections.

"This is a legal process and we are not going to allow anyone to prevent us," he said.

Zahar also said a recent Iranian pledge of $50 million in cash, 300 cars and two aircraft would soon be delivered.
Who are these "European monitors?"

Anyway, some good news. It's actually a good strategy on the part of the USA et al. It attempts to show the Palestinian people that they are not the enemy.

Oh I should point out that the emphasis is mine.
 

Ditto Much

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Genesius said:
http://www.cbc.ca/story/world/national/2006/06/18/palestinians.html

What are these? Existing peace agreements? That's news to me.
The Palestinian National Authority was established in 1994, pursuant to the Oslo accords between the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) and the government of Israel,

Although the oslo accords have failed one part of the agreement was very much kept. the PA still exists and it exists as part of a peace agreement that is otherwise ignored.

Genesius said:
recognize Israel's right to exist
Just to point this out, the PLO, PNA, Egypt, and Jordan all recognize Israel's right to exist. Hamas, Syria and Iran do not recognize Israel's right to exist. Hamas is being asked to do what Arafat already did twice. This was a condition of the creating of the PA that Hamas was elected to.

Thus Hamas has been elected to a government that exists due to the official stance that Israel does exist and has the right to exist as a jewish state while themselves saying that this isn't true.


Genesius said:
Who are these "European monitors?"

Anyway, some good news. It's actually a good strategy on the part of the USA et al. It attempts to show the Palestinian people that they are not the enemy.

Oh I should point out that the emphasis is mine.

50 police oficers were sent in as of Januray 1st as per an agreement reached during november of 2005. It was part of Israel's disenganement plan from Gaza and the transition away from that border being under Israel's control.

All Hamas has to do is follow the lead of the previous PA and recognize Israel's right to exist. This has never been against the Palestinian people this is against an organization that was elected by them as there representitives.
 

SellyCat

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Genesius said:
What are these? Existing peace agreements? That's news to me.
Really, this is news to you? Perhaps you'd be interested in some more news!

On top of what Ditto already pointed out:

Yasser Arafat and a large group of PLO leaders were allowed, by Israel, to return to the West Bank--from their headquarters in Tunisia--in order to set up a national government. Yasser Arafat is an Egyptian, and the PLO was is the name given--by Egypt--to the umbrella organisation of all Palestinian militant and political groups. Egypt did this to cement its roll as principle bbacker of the Palestinian cause-- it was a propaganda instrument in support of Nasser's Pan Arab Nationalism ideology. Yasser Arafat is the leader of Fatah, an explicitly military organisation from Kuwait. The Fatah 'movement' was started to protest the lack of political developments, and escalate the resistance to the Israeli occupation by commiting acts of terrorism to garner international attention. The first major plane hijacking--in the 1960s--was by Palestinians who took two civillian airliners to Lybia, where they held a press conference demanding international recognition of the Palestinian plight. They release all the hostages--except for Jews, of course, who were released later--and then blew up the planes live on TV.

Israel expelled the PLO leadership from Lebanon after wiping out its fighters. They were exiled to Tunisia--the reason they weren't killedis because Israel needed someone to negotiate with. Israel allowed Fatah and PLO leaders to return from Tunisia to establish a government over the Palestinians in the West bank in 1994. Many Palestinians--who had sacrificed a great deal during the first Intifada--deeply resented the fact that these foreigners, who didn't participate in the Intifada, were allowed to come in and claim to represent the Palestinian nation. Nevertheless, they managed to impose "order" by using a campaign of violence against Islamic militant, like Hamas, who were its natural competition for legitimacy. Yasser Arafat ordered the detention and torture of Hamas activists until they capitulated and accepted his sovereign authority. One of his favorite methods was to de-beard them, an act which is deeply offensive to Muslims.

In order to establish the PA, the PLO had to agree to certain conditions which were outlined in Madrid and later formalised in the Oslo Peace Accords. These accrods were to graduate to Final Status Negotiations in 1999, but there had been so much rule-breaking by both sides that moving to this stage was simply impossible. The rule breaking consisted of two major themes. On one hand, Israel aggressively expanded its settlement policy and consistently violated interim agreements aimed at halting this expansion. On the other hand, the Oslo period is characterised by a reversal in the civillian casualty statistics: Palestinian civillian casualties dropped significantly, while Israeli civillian casualties increased by the same amount. These statistics come from B'Tselem, an agressively anti-occupation human rights organisation that is dedicated to explosing Israeli abuses of Palestinian political and human rights.

Because of this spiral of terrorism vs land theft, the Camp David peace process was destined to fail. Ehud Barak played the "you've never been offered so much" game, while his "dovish" government increased settlement expansion to unprecedented levels. Everything was blamed on the Palestinians, which caused their rage to boil over into a series of violent riots that were met by totally dispropotionate Israali military reaction. This is interesting: Israeli generals were horrified to find out that within the first 7 days of the uprising, Israeli troops had fired over 1,000,000 rounds of ammunition. A general would be extremely upset by this, because they are supposed to further strategic interests, and having the population you are occupying be exposed to full-on combat conditions could only lead to one thing: rage and escalation.
 
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SellyCat

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Ditto Much said:
All Hamas has to do is follow the lead of the previous PA and recognize Israel's right to exist. This has never been against the Palestinian people this is against an organization that was elected by them as there representitives.
An organisation that has engaged in a campaign whose ONLY tactical objective was the mass murder of Israeli civillians. We're not talking about negligence and recklessness while trying to fight military targets. We're talking about the very specific intent to mass-murder civillians. Of course it's understandable that Israel would not want these people to have access to international aid because of what it might do with it...like build and fire hundreds of missiles against a civillian-only city, like they have already been doing.

While there are certainly cases of deliberate Israeli military attacks on Civillians--and allowing other groups in Lebanon, like Phalangist Christians, to attack Palestinians civillians--Israeli military policy cannot, on a factual basis, be accused of having the singular tactical objective of mass-murdering Palestinian civllians. If this were the case, there would be no Palestinians left to speak of.
 
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