I can think of another reason for the Palestinian shortfall

Here’s the beginning of the story about why $200 million in taxpayer money is being poured into the bottomless pit that is the Palestinian people (emphasis mine):

The United States has transferred $200 million to the Palestinian government to help ease a growing budget deficit, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has been struggling in recent months to keep his government afloat, borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars from commercial banks just to cover the public payroll.

The reasons for the shortfall include Israel’s restrictions on the Palestinian economy, the border blockade of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and the failure of some donor countries to make good on their aid pledges, Fayyad said Friday, in a video conference with Clinton.

With Friday’s aid transfer, donor countries have given the Palestinian government $606 million in budget support this year, covering only about one-third of the estimated deficit of $1.45 billion for 2009, Fayyad said.

“We have received aid, but not enough to deal with our needs, and we faced sharp economic difficulties throughout the last months,” Fayyad told reporters.

Since 2007, donor countries have pledged more than $10 billion to the Palestinians, to help shore up the Western-backed government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who lost Gaza in a violent Hamas takeover two years ago. However, the aid has had little impact, largely because Israeli restrictions on Palestinian trade and movement have prevented a recovery of the Palestinian economy.

Maybe another reason for the shortfall is that the Palestinians, as a nation, are engaged in a zero sum game, with their only product being unprofitable suicide bombers.

The Palestinian people comprise one giant welfare state, with all the pathologies that normally entails, multiplied by a thousand because of their genocidal culture.  Perhaps the best thing we could do for them is to announce a cut-off date, after which they get no money whatsoever.  Perhaps if they were forced to be economically self-sufficient — to tend their crops, manufacture goods, and focus on production — they’d have less time to pursue their insanely hate-filled, murderous path.  As it is, by pumping money into the West Bank and Gaza, the West is creating precisely those idle hands that are the devil’s playground.

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  • http://ymarsakar.wordpress.com/ Ymarsakar

    Don’t forget about the corruption and the kickbacks. As bad as it is in our Congress, it is infinitely worse in the rest of the world. It’s normal in the rest of the place. They don’t have to hide it. They can feel proud of it.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Since the end of the 19th Century, the Palestinian people exist for one reason only and that is the destruction Jews. Although I have met many lovely Palestinian individuals who grew up in Palestine (and who recognize this pathology for what it is), the fact is that even the surrounding Arab countries can’t stand them.

    The worst abuses of Palestinians have come at the hands of other Arab countries, such as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Kuwait and Egypt. It is interesting that everyone seems to focus on the alleged harm that Israel has done to Gaza by building a wall to seal Israel off from suicide bombers, but nobody makes an issue of the fact that the Egyptians too have sealed their border with Gaza. I would venture that most American Liberal/Lefty Palestinian sympathizers don’t even know that Gaza borders Egypt.

    Any money sent to the Palestinians is simply enabling their suicide cult behavior instead of forcing them to think about how to survive and prosper on their own merits.


    The Palestinians have been used as a tool by all the countries Danny listed, to divert attention from their own hatred of them along with Israel, of course.

    Baksheesh is part and parcel of doing business in all Arab countries and the $200 million is payment from our pockets to continue the process. I have lost track of what has been pledged and received since the early 90’s, but I certainly got to see how most of the money was spent – even Katruska rockets don’t come cheaply.

    The pathology of feeding money to a cauldron of corruption and cult thinking needs to end and it’s not going to happen as long as the UN operates on the same mindset and budget.