Ah, nothing like the measured, surefooted movement of the Isreali parliament to make the rest of the world secure in the notion of Middle East peace.
Without the new Hammas government in Palastine even having taken office, the Isreali government has decided to cut off the $50 million in funding for the Palastinian state. I can say I am a bit surprised to learn that there ever was such funding, but at the same time, pulling the funding now just looks like they’re itching for a fight again.
And you can be sure that they’ll get it. Hammas may not be the most likable political party in the world, but like them or not, they are now the voice of the Palastinian people. Weather or not Isreal sought to punish the Palastinians or ham-string the new Palastinian government, that is precisely what they are doing, much to the consternation of the quartet of the US, Russia, and the EU.
But thank goodness they haven’t gone overboard:
The Israeli cabinet decided to hold back for now on other penalties that would have further serious effects on Palestinian life, such as preventing Palestinian workers from entering Israel or making it more difficult for Palestinian goods to be transported into Israel. Instead, the cabinet said it would urge the international community to refrain from all financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority except for relief aid, would seek to prevent any new shipments of arms or equipment to the Palestinian security services, and would “increase security checks” at crossings between Israel and Gaza.
That’s refreshing, huh?? Such restraint.