Friday, April 07, 2006

EU freezes aid to Palestinian government

EU freezes aid to Palestinian government Reuters report that the EU is freezing aid to palestine. I am not convinced that this is a good thing. Sure it is wrong that Hamas doesn't recognise Israel. But will this push Palestine into the arms of Iran and Syria which would be even worse.? Recently.
New Hamas Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar has twice this week appeared to float trial balloons by talking of a "two-state solution", code for co-existence with Israel, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan that was later half-denied, and an interview with the London daily The Times.
Is that something that can be worked on?


Anonymous said...

Here is what Foreign Minister Zahar told Chinese reporters on April 1, 2006:

I dream of hanging a huge map of the world on the wall at my Gaza home which does not show Israel on it. I hope that our dream to have our independent state on all historic Palestine. This dream will become real one day. I'm certain of this because there is no place for the state of Israel on this land.

Simon said...

Hmm interesting anything to do with April 1st :)

Still though Gerry Adams still dreams of a united Ireland and that Northern ireland will be gone one day. Yet is willing to work peacefully in the union.

CK said...

The option of a two-state solution has never been so remote. Israel is moving forward unilaterally to 'secure' their 'state' putting up a barrier in violation of international law denying the Palestinian people access to basic necessary resources to live. This plan was in place before the Palestinian elections, now with Hamas in power they feel they are justified. There will be no impetus for Hamas to develop its political or democratic elements when faced with such contempt and injustice by Israel.

Eamonn said...

I never thought I'd say this, but fair play to the EU for showing a little courage and conviction. Hamas are noe likely to be forced to choose, violence or peace.

If they are committed to the destruction of Israel and violence then ties with Iran and Syria would have existed regardless of what the EU did. Conversely if they are in fact serious about peace with Israel, then Iran and Syria are non-options.