The “Impending Humanitarian Disaster” Syndrome – Col. (res.) Dr. Moshe Elad (Ynet via Daily Alert)
May 16, 2017
- The “Impending Humanitarian Disaster” Syndrome – Col. (res.) Dr. Moshe Elad
In the past 50 years, there has been no humanitarian crisis in the “territories.” The Palestinians are receiving huge amounts of money as a gift, and the “donors” feel as if they allegedly “saved the Palestinians from starvation.” But when countries transfer their taxpayer money to the West Bank and Gaza, they are preventing both the PA in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza from emerging from the vicious cycle of becoming enslaved and addicted to donations.
Until the Oslo Agreements in the 1990s, the Palestinians were diligent people who supported themselves with great difficulty but with dignity. The billions of dollars/euros infused by donors – so that the Palestinian government would be able to establish employment infrastructure in the territories so that Palestinians won’t have to go to Israel to work – have been scattered in every direction except for the goals they were allotted for.
The funds were used to establish terrorist militias, to pay bribes to third-world countries in exchange for political support for the PLO, and to hand out gifts to cronies. Experts have calculated that the donated money could have been used to build a proper home for every Palestinian resident, and there would have been money left to buy a car.
All the Palestinians have to do is wrap themselves up in the miserable person’s robe, cry out that “it’s all the occupation’s fault” – an occupation which ended, by the way, decades ago – and the money will start flowing in. The writer is a lecturer at Western Galilee College. (Ynet News)
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