Why does the world not pay attention to this massive theft, inefficiency, and misappropriation of funds?
–The money is not being given for development purposes but for political purposes to keep the PA going and to make sure that Hamas doesn’t take over the West Bank. That’s why President Barack Obama, with Israeli government support, has just overridden Congress to release even more U.S. aid to the PA. He also has not objected to the PA using that money to pay its former bureaucrats in the Gaza Strip, thus indirectly benefitting Hamas, too.
–Giving money to the PA supposedly supports the cause of peace and therefore is considered sacrosanct in the West, even though the PA isn’t negotiating for peace. From a cynical Western leadership’s standpoint it can be said that at least the funding keeps things relatively quiet in the face of lots of other troublesome issues in the region. Thus, they overlook the PA’s partnership deal with Hamas–which is not working out so well anyway–and remained passive until the very end about the PA’s violation of its own commitments to seek unilateral independence at the UN.
–The left-controlled media and academia don’t like Israel and generally refuse to criticize the PA because it is allegedly the “moderate,’ ‘peace-loving,” “good guy” and victim. The Palestinians, after all, are non-Christian, non-Western, and–in the bizarre parody of reality prevalent today, “non-white.”
And so the Western taxpayers give the money, the PA leaders steal or use the money for political purposes, and the average Palestinian suffers more from this situation than from the largely extinct “Israeli occupation.” Then their suffering–despite their leaders having received more aid money per capita than any entity in history and being far less than that of people in six dozen countries–is used to indict Israel. If, as seems to be true, Fatah has finally pried control over the money from the hands of Fayyad, whose sin has been that he was too honest, the situation would get much worse.
About the Author: Professor Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. See the GLORIA/MERIA site at www.gloria-center.org.
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