Well! No discussion of the release of Corporal Gilad Shalit between Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas lest the subject undermine new “peace” arrangements between the ‘Palestinians’ and Israel.
Disgusting. How DARE Olmert, the spineless piece of Jello that he is, make arrangements for any kind of peace when the issue of Gilad Shalit is part and parcel of why the current situation between Israel and the ‘Palestinians’ even exists. Was there not a new conflict born BECAUSE of the abduction of Gilad Shalit?
So Israel wants to strengthen Fatah in relation to Hamas. But, what Israel forgets is that Fatah, although called “moderate” by the Western media, has always held up “struggle” and “jihad” almost to the extent Hamas has. This group too is no friend to Israel. They just happen to be able to speak from both sides of their mouths and allow themselves to tell Israel and the West what they want to hear in order to gain what they want in the end.
In the meeting between Abbas and Olmert, One of the most significant steps agreed upon was the release of $100 million in taxes to Abbas after all Palestinian funds were frozen by Israel after Hamas came into power almost a year ago. In addition, the two discussed easing of restrictions on passage of goods from Gaza, allowing for the passage of 400 trucks daily, both steps helping to ease the economic strife within Gaza.
On security issues, the two leaders agreed to consider expanding the ceasefire to the West Bank, however, Prime Minister Olmert expressed his concern over the continued fire of Kassam rockets from the Gaza Strip and said that Israel could not show restraint for long if the violations of the ceasefire continue.
Oh…so Olmert has a “concern” over Kassams being fired into Israel does he? I think he has a very strange way of showing that “concern.”
Somehow I doubt that a majority of that $100 million will be spent on relieving
the humanitarian crisis the ‘Palestinians’ are suffering. Somehow I sense that
the money will be well spent on continuing the “struggle against occupation.”
Foolish leaders Israel has these days.