Monday, April 10, 2006
EU Foreign Ministers Endorse Aid Freeze
Monday in Luxembourg the European Union foreign ministers endorsed a freeze of EU aid to the Hamas-led government. The Palestinian PM Ismail Haniyeh, has said that his country will not back down to what he calls "blackmail".
"There will be no aid to (Hamas) government organizations, but we will maintain humanitarian aid," said Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot . "The Palestinian people have opted for this government, so they will have to bear the consequences."
"It is right we attach consequences to the fact the Palestinian government is not responding to our expectations," said German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
If Hamas truly want to helps it people and become legitiment in the eyes of the world it will do what it needs to do and renounce violence and recognize Israel.
The United States, Canada and Norway have also cut off payments. The cut in foreign aid comes on top of the decision by Israel to withhold some $50 million a month in tax revenues it collects on behalf of the Palestinians.
The only realistic option they have is to comply, but when they do we must watch them closely. Hamas will still want to destroy Israel and will still use violence, but they will be very careful about how they go about it, not trying to incite the world and the wrath of Israel.