Local war and foreign butter
Posted by aogWednesday, 13 September 2006 at 11:00 TrackBack Ping URL

It seems clear to me what to make of this little tidbit

The move [the “unity” government] is a retreat by Hamas under pressure of international sanctions imposed after it swept to victory in elections in January.

which is that the only thing holding Hamas accountable are foreign governments. Hamas’ current political difficulties are not about the economy per se, but purely about the flow of foriegn money. Certainly there didn’t seem to be much objection to Hamas’ war making while that money rolled in. What the Palestinians seem to want is war and prosperity, just like American voters want tax cuts and government spending. I see no evidence of any expectation that Hamas would manage the local economy well, only that they would skim foreign aid somewhat less while making war on Israel somewhat more. The only force for peace in the situation is a purely external one.

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David Cohen Thursday, 14 September 2006 at 17:17

Hamas’ current political difficulties are not about the economy per se, but purely about the flow of foriegn money.

That’s because, effectively, there is no Palestinian economy.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 14 September 2006 at 17:35

And Hamas won’t be held accountable for that if they get the foreign aid flowing again. It seems to me that the latest “unity goverment” is about providing a pretext for the EU to resume aid, not about changing anything. I read through the “Prisoner’s Document” and I agree that it contains no recognition of Israel and is completely compatible with Hamas’ charter calling for the destructiona nd ethnic cleansing of Israel.

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