Friday, July 15, 2011

Arab nations welsh on aid commitments to Palestinians; Reuters asserts Palestinians are being punished for statehood quest

We linked to a story last month about Arab nations welshing on their promises of financial aid to the Palestinians.  That story went unreported by Reuters but this month, correspondent Tom Perry wants readers to believe that the Arab states are reneging on their aid commitments in order to pressure the Palestinians not to apply for statehood at the United Nations:
Palestinian Authority employees, who received only half wages in July, are getting a taste of what could be in store if their leaders defy Washington and follow through on plans to take their statehood quest to the United Nations in September.
Dependent on aid from Europe, the United States and its Arab allies, some of which has not been forthcoming this year, the Palestinians are facing a financial crisis which a senior official linked directly to their decision to go on the diplomatic offensive at the United Nations General Assembly.
"It's part of the pressure on us to take the wrong decisions," Nabil Abu Rdainah, a senior aide to President Mahmoud Abbas, told Reuters.
"We saw this film with Yasser Arafat several times. You either say 'yes' or you face hunger," he said, referring to the late Palestinian leader. "They will not pay you and will not let the others pay you."
Perry doesn't provide a shred of evidence for his assertion that financial aid is being withheld by donor nations due to the Palestinian statehood drive.  Nor does he mention that the Arab states have failed to meet their financial commitments to the Palestinians not just this year, but over a multitude of years.  Nor, by the way, does Perry report that the Arab League is entirely supportive of the Palestinian effort to enlist the United Nations to wrestle land away from Israeli control and should therefore, happily fund it. 

In fact, Perry's entire story is a red herring, designed to conceal the fact that the Palestinian Authority is flat broke, not due to the U.S. applying pressure to donor nations, but due to mismanagement, corruption, and the diversion of foreign aid to Hamas and the terrorists on its payroll.

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