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Tuesday, December 21, 2004
  Daniel Pipes: Why is America upping the hundreds of million$ it already gives the 'Palestinians'!? Arafat's successor is hell-bent on destroying Israe
Daniel Pipes: Why is America upping the hundreds of million$ it already gives the 'Palestinians'!? Arafat's successor is hell-bent on destroying Israel: "Aid-wise, residents of the West Bank and Gaza have hardly been neglected until now. They receive about $300 per person, making them, per capita, the world's greatest beneficiaries of foreign aid. Strangely, their efforts to destroy Israel have not inspired efforts to crush this hideous ambition but rather to subsidize it. Money being fungible, foreign aid effectively funds the Palestinians' bellicose propaganda machine, their arsenal, their army, and their suicide bombers.

This, however, does not faze international aid types. Nigel Roberts, the World Bank's director for the West Bank and Gaza, blows off past failures. Addressing himself to donors, he says, 'Maybe your $1 billion a year hasn't produced much, but we think there's a case for doing even more in the next three or four years.'

Roberts is saying, in effect: Yes, your money enabled Arafat's corruption, jihad ideology, and suicide factories, but those are yesterday's problems; now, let's hope the new leadership uses donations for better purposes. Please lavish more funds on it to enhance its prestige and power, then hope for the best."
 
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