Friday, April 28, 2006

Chirac calls for fund to aid Palestinians

Jacques Chirac, the French president, proposed it on Friday before he met Mahmoud Abbas, his Palestinian counterpart in Paris.
Jerome Bonnafont, Chirac's spokesman, said France would raise the issue during talks on May 9 with the United Nations, the United States, the European Union and Russia - the four international players behind the stalled "road map" peace plan.
Ghazi Hamad, the Hamas administration spokesman, said salary payments "should be co-ordinated with the government", to prevent what he called "the creation of a second government".
Omar Abdelrazek, Hamas finance minister, said: "In principle we don't have a problem with that. But we have to talk about the details and preserve the rights of the ministry of finance to control and oversee all the financial procedures."

How absolutely sporting of them. They don't have a problem with taking an undeserved handout, as long as their "finance minister" gets to have a say. That's like asking Tony Soprano to run the US Mint.

This is how the EUrinals get tough with terrorists. And Hamas isn't even threatening to build nuclear facilities, so one can only begin to imagine what France and the rest will offer Iran.

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