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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Rich Arab countries refuse to increase funding to Hamas

A small fact buried in an AFP news story (that falsely implies that Hamas is ready to recognize Israel:)
Last week's summit in Sudan of the Arab League -- which counts some of the world's richest countries among its members -- did not accede to Palestinian requests for a funding boost.
More details from this Lebanese newspaper:
Arab leaders also rejected any attempt by the government of Israeli Premier-elect Ehud Olmert to fix the Jewish state’s borders if it is unable to negotiate for peace with the Palestinians.
They also expressed support for the nearly bankrupt Palestinian Authority as it comes under the control of Hamas, but turned a deaf ear to the radical Islamist group’s pleas for more money to avert a humanitarian crisis.
In a declaration at the conclusion of the summit, Arab League members said they rejected “Israeli measures including... fixing Israel’s borders unilaterally in a way that fulfills its expansionist greed”.

So as usual, the Arabs are quick to pretend to support their Palestinian brethren but they will not lift a finger.