Apparently as a reward for continuing to declare that the destruction of Israel is their ultimate goal, and that Gaza was a major victory along the way. From AP, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
The European Union announced details of new aid for the Palestinians, raising the 2005 total to $342.8 million on Monday – a day before talks between the four parties that drive the Mideast peace process.
If assistance from the 25 EU governments is added, Europe’s total annual aid to the Palestinians amounts to some $612.15 million.
“Only Israel and Palestine can make peace, but Europe is playing its part in the international Quartet to create the environment in which peace can take root,” EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a statement.
Dream on, Benita.