As Fatah claims credit for Kassam attacks on Sderot, Olmert is mulling over giving them more weapons.
And in breaking news, the Chamberlain government in London has announced the transfer of armored vehicles and bulletproof vests to Hitler’s Germany.
“Olmert considering transfer of military equipment to Fatah,” by Ronny Sofer for Ynet News (thanks to James):
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is not ruling out the possibility of transferring military equipment, including armored vehicles and bulletproof vests to the Palestinians, he said during a security consultation on Sunday.
“Decisions on this matter will be made according to the recommendations of Major General Keith Dayton, who has been entrusted to build the Palestinian forces. Any recommendation by Dayton will be considered by the defense establishment. Only then will we decide,” Olmert said.
Olmert’s position on the matter opposes the position of many of the cabinet’s minister. Among the opposing minister are newly appointed Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, two Yisrael Beitenu ministers and Shas ministers.
National Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer said during the discussion, “Lessons should be learned from previous weapon transfers. All the weapons we have transferred to Fatah eventually made their way to Hamas and were turned against us.”