Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative”
“Israel Hayom”,Â June 9, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry’s contention that a $4BN grant would revitalize the Palestinian Authority (PA),Â and the peace process, ignores the Palestinian track record, at least, since the 1993 Oslo Accords.
KerryÂ overlooks the impact of the $400MN in annual US aid which has fueled an all-time-high PalestiniancorruptionÂ (Mahoud Abbas’ nickname is “Mr. 20%),Â hate education, terrorism, anti-US incitement, oppression, in general, andÂ discrimination against Christians, in particular, and the Palestinian affinity toward America’s enemies and adversaries: Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Russia, China, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran. The PA follows in the footsteps of previous Palestinian leaders who sided with theÂ Nazis, the Communist Bloc and Khomeini.
Why don’t the Arab oil-producing countries provide $4BN to the PA,Â which they could easily afford in view of their robust $100 per barrel economy?Â
WhileÂ Kerry considers the Palestinian issue to be central to Middle East developments and the crown-jewel of Arab policy-making,Â the Arab oil-producing countries shower the PA with rhetoric, but no money. Arab policy-makers are primarily concerned about domestic and regional issues, resulting from the seismic stormy Arab Winter, which supersede the Palestinian issue. They are preoccupied with the threatening Middle Eastern “sandstorms,” not with “tumbleweeds.”
Furthermore,Â Arab regimes view the Palestinians as a potentially subversive, treacherous and destabilizing element, based upon the Palestinian intra-Arab track record since the 1950s: Â a trail of subversion and terrorism in Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait. Â For example,Â the Arab Gulf states do not forget or forgiveÂ the August, 1990Â back-stabbing of Kuwait and the Gulf StatesÂ byMahmoud Abbas and Arafat,Â who collaborated with Saddam Hussein’s invasion and plunder of Kuwait.Â They betrayed Kuwait which hosted some 300,000 of their Palestinian allies and relatives, and transferred billions of dollars to their stashed bank accounts.
Therefore, the Arab states have been known to talk the Palestinian talk, but never walk-the-walk,while maintaining their mega billion dollar military acquisitions and lavish life-style.
On December 26, 2012,Â Nabil Elaraby, the Secretary General of the Arab League, criticizedÂ Arabs for reneging on their financial pledges to the PA.Â He divulged that “Arab countries pledged a $100 million monthly safety net to the PA, at the March, 2012 Baghdad Arab Summit, but none of it has been realized yet.”
A December 9, 2011 article by Turkey’sÂ Hurriyet Daily NewsÂ highlights aÂ World Bank report:Â Â “Arab countries have cut aid to Palestinians substantially, despite their rhetoric of supporting Palestinian rights…. Arab donors provided less than $80 million in the first half of 2011, compared to $231 million in 2010, $462 million in 2009 and $446 million in 2008…. Arab countries have committed to billions in aid in past years that never materialized…. One reason could be that the Arab world has become fed up with the Palestinian problem.”
According to a 2005 report by theÂ Washington Institute for Near East Studies,Â the United Arab Emirates pledged $43 million to the PA in 2004 — compared to its 2004 oil revenue of $30 billion. The Emirates’ actual …read more