Monday, April 16, 2012

Hamas wins, gets free fuel for two months from Qatar

The fake fuel crisis has paid off in spades for Hamas.

25,000 tons of free fuel for the power plant is expected to arrive in Egypt in the next couple of days from Qatar. Egypt will ship it to Gaza through Israel's Kerem Shalom crossing.

Hamas is also extracting promises from other Arab countries like Algeria to provide it with fuel, presumably for free as well, to help alleviate the artificial crisis.

Remember how Hamas refused to accept fuel from the Kerem Shalom crossing for over a year, causing the crisis when Egypt cracked down on illegal smuggling. But now that the fuel is free, and Hamas can freely tax it, it has lost all its objections to receiving the fuel via Israel.

I reported about the Qatar fuel being shipped two weeks ago.