US giving arms to the Palestinians to try to bolster Abbas’ power, because he tells Condoleezza Rice just what she wants to hear. And Rice herself shows that she has learned her propaganda lessons very well. By Ezra HaLevi & Hana Levi Julian for Israel National News, with thanks to Rosie:
The Fatah faction received a new shipment of arms Thursday as part of a Western aid package to bolster forces loyal to Mahmoud Abbas. Secretary Rice promises a PLO state.
United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday America could have no greater legacy than to have divided the Land of Israel and established a Palestinian state to end the “humiliation of occupation.” Rice made the statements at a dinner marking the third anniversary of the American Task Force on Palestine.
“The Palestinian people deserve a better life, a life that is rooted in liberty, democracy, uncompromised by violence and terrorism, unburdened by corruption and misrule and forever free of the daily humiliation of occupation,” Rice said. “I promise you my personal commitment to that goal.”
“I believe there could be no greater legacy for America than to help bring into being a Palestinian state for people who have suffered too long, have been humiliated too long,” Rice added.
“I know that sometimes, a Palestinian state living side by side in peace with Israel must seem like a very distant dream but I know too… that there are so many things that once seemed impossible that after they happened they simply seemed inevitable,” she said.
Rice praised Mahmoud Abbas, who is hanging onto his position as Palestinian Authority chairman, for his moderation. Arutz-7 reported Tuesday that Abbas dismissed demands that Fatah recognize Israel – just one day before he told Rice that such recognition is a must.