What madness has overtaken them, that they would betray a genuine ally for a false ally? Mahmoud “Raise rifles against Israel” Abbas is an ally? Of course, the genuine ally is doing it too. From AFP, with thanks to Kemaste:
WASHINGTON (AFP) – US President George W. Bush has ordered the transfer of about 86 million dollars in aid to strengthen security forces loyal to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, the White House said.
Confirmation of the US aid came a day after an Islamic militant carried out the first suicide bombing inside Israel in nine months and as Abbas’ Fatah party is locked in a violent power struggle with the Islamist movement Hamas.
The aid is part of a broader US push to revive peace negotiations between Abbas and Israel and comes ahead of a meeting here Friday of the so-called Quartet of Mideast mediators — the US, Russia,
European Union and United Nations.
US officials said the aid, described as non-lethal assistance including training, vehicles and uniforms, would help Abbas counter militant attacks on Israel like Monday’s suicide bombing in the Red Sea resort of Eilat which killed three Israelis plus the bomber.
“The idea is to build the legitimate security forces, to help provide law and order in Gaza and the West Bank, fight terror, and to facilitate movement and access especially in Gaza,” said national security spokesman Gordon Johndroe.