Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's possible to be pro-Israeli without being anti-Palestinian

I don't know when terrorism will erupt in full force — my hope is that it won't ever. But I am convinced today that the disengagement [withdrawal from Gaza] will eventually aggravate terrorism instead of reducing it. The security establishment also expects an increase in terrorism. The withdrawal endangers Israel's security, divides its people and set the standards of the withdrawal to the '67 border. 
—Benjamin Netanyahu, 2005 

Although he was not Prime Minister during the withdrawal from Gaza, Netanyahu saw the writing on the wall in 2005. Since then, there has been a lot of international controversy over how the people in Gaza have been treated including the highly publicized "flotilla incident." A quick look at the facts brings light to some issues not commonly talked about in the media:

In the video below, Calev Myers of the Jerusalem Institute of Justice (www.jij.org.il/) is speaking to the European Union. Here are a few of the highlights:
  • Since the Oslo Accords in 1993 until today the amount of international aid to the Palestinian Authority is 25 times per person larger than the amount of money spent on the Marshal Plan that rebuilt Europe after WWII (taking into account currency value inflation).
  • Today, 60% of Palestinian economy is dependent upon foreign aid.
  • Large amounts of the money go into the pockets of Palestinian leaders and to stockpile weapons used against Israel.
  • This money has not been used to eradicate poverty or to create a sustainable economy for Palestinians.
  • The Palestinian Authority is the primary abuser of Palestinian human rights, not Israeli settlers or the IDF.
It's not about discontinuing funds to the Palestinian people, but asking the Palestinian Authorities to be accountable about where all of the money is going. There is currently no accountability!


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