The Washington Post, forever in short supply of Op-Ed reporters unleashes Jimmy Carter again to scold, lecture and otherwise berate the intellect of the rest of us.
Unfortunately, these steps are already underway and are well known throughout the Palestinian territories and the world. Israel moved yesterday to withhold funds (about $50 million per month) that the Palestinians earn from customs and tax revenue. Perhaps a greater aggravation by the Israelis is their decision to hinder movement of elected Hamas Palestinian Legislative Council members through any of more than a hundred Israeli checkpoints around and throughout the Palestinian territories. This will present significant obstacles to a government's functioning effectively. Abbas informed me after the election that the Palestinian Authority was $900 million in debt and that he would be unable to meet payrolls during February. Knowing that Hamas would inherit a bankrupt government, U.S. officials have announced that all funding for the new government will be withheld, including what is needed to pay salaries for schoolteachers, nurses, social workers, police and maintenance personnel. So far they have not agreed to bypass the Hamas-led government and let humanitarian funds be channeled to Palestinians through United Nations agencies responsible for refugees, health and other human services.
This is the gullible and dim-witted former POTUS (we can still hardly believe that) that recently referred to Palestine as thought there were such a place. What Jimmy Carter fails to mention is that these very people are dedicated to killing as many innocent Israelis as possible on their way toward erasing Israel altogether. Can we not even require Hamas to denounce their efforts? Can we not expect the Muslim world to do anything?
And while we're talking about the Muslim world, Carter seems willing to scold the US and Israel for withholding funds, does he have any expectation of funding from Middle Eastern countries? If this money is so vital and necessary for salaries, schools and medical treatment, what did they do for cash when Jimmy's buddy Yasser Arafat was making himself a billionaire? This dunce needs to sit down and shut the fuck up. The Washington Post can help by giving this space to someone else. Here is another gem.
This common commitment to eviscerate the government of elected Hamas officials by punishing private citizens may accomplish this narrow purpose, but the likely results will be to alienate the already oppressed and innocent Palestinians, to incite violence, and to increase the domestic influence and international esteem of Hamas. It will certainly not be an inducement to Hamas or other militants to moderate their policies.
And just what was the fucking incentive for them to stop when they were given a world stage, invites to the Whitehouse and billions in cash, investment and loans? This statement sounds remarkably like the Mafia. Give them cash or they will become violent, except in the case of Hamas, they will become violent whether you give them cash or not.