Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is on his way to the “Sharm Summit,” where he will officially cave in to the international demand to strengthen the Fatah terrorist organization. Caving in to demand actually might not be the appropriate phrase, as Olmert is willing to capitulate all on his own. Israel will agree to send more money, guns and armored vehicles to a group that has not for one second ceased its terror activities. Israel will also start dismantling the same checkpoints which have saved so many lives.
Fatah is expected to demand even more. “Abbas to demand release of Barghouti,” by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post:
Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas is expected to demand the release of hundreds of Fatah prisoners from Israeli jails during Monday’s summit in Sharm e-Sheikh, PA officials said.
The officials also said Abbas would call for supplying the Fatah-controlled security forces with more weapons to thwart attempts by Hamas to try to take over the West Bank.
“We want thousands of rifles, hundreds of armored vehicles and a lot of ammunition,” one PA official told The Jerusalem Post. “We also want Jordan and Egypt to help train our forces in the West Bank.”
Another official said that Abbas and his aides would ask Israel torelease senior Fatah operative Marwan Barghouti and hundreds of Fatah prisoners to enhance Fatah’s status. “We will also ask Israel to remove most of the checkpoints in the West Bank and to increase the number of Palestinians who are permitted to work in Israel,” he said. “These measures are needed to boost Fatah’s standing in the West Bank and to prevent Hamas from establishing bases of support there.”
He said Abbas would also ask Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to instruct the IDF to stop pursuing Fatah gunmen and to refrain from raiding Palestinian cities and villages in the West Bank.
Nice stuff. Doesn’t anyone in the Bush or Olmert Administration see the insanity in the whole process? How long can Israel continue to support and arm a terrorist group that is bent on the destruction of its benefactor?
The newest Israeli aid package is being marketed as an anti-Hamas campaign. Taking into account this piece, which specifically states that Fatah officers aided Hamas in the Gaza coup, it is just surreal. –˜Fatah officers cooperated with Hamas in Gaza,– by Ali Waked for Ynet:
“Dozens of officers in the (Fatah-affiliated) security forces are suspected of cooperating with Hamas during the Islamist group’s takeover of the Gaza Strip,” a senior Palestinian security official said Sunday.
According to the official, some senior officers have been suspected of cooperating with Hamas even prior to the decisive round of clashes with Fatah. He said the officers received money from Hamas in exchange for transferring information on the deployment of Palestinian Authority forces in the Strip.
Taking Fatah under your wing is bad enough; aiding Fatah against Hamas while Fatah actually aids Hamas is downright insanity. Is there any nation in the world that arms its enemy in the time of battle? Did the US send money and arms to Germany and Japan during World War II? Did the US send nukes to the Soviet Union during the Cold War?
The Israeli Government is not the only guilty party here. The Bush Administration is just as guilty. Every last bullet and dollar that finds its way to the Fatah coffers has upon it the US seal of approval — and I’m not even talking about the millions of dollars and tons of weapons that the US transferred directly. The same weapons that are currently in Hamas hands.
The insanity must stop. Israel is well on the road to financing its own destruction. However, it’s not too late. The first step in restoring order is the removal of the Olmert Government. The lives of millions have been entrusted to his dhimmi hands. Not only is he not protecting them, he is putting every Israeli civilian in harm’s way, at Israeli taxpayer expense. I am financing the next terror attack. I am supporting the next Qassam launch.
I will also pay for the next funeral.
Crossposted from The American Israeli Patriot.