The ever-fractioning Palestinians won’t immediately bankrupt their EU and Norwegian terror-financiers. But, long term, there’s hope.
One of the strategic results of the Hamas victory in Gaza is the formation of two divided Palestinian zones, each with a different reality and leadership. The Palestinians’ nightmare has been created before their very eyes – separation between Gaza and the West Bank; two states for one people.
Palestinian security forces allied with Fatah arrested three dozen Hamas activists in the West Bank on Thursday, as the Islamic group neared a military takeover of Gaza.
Arrests of Hamas activists were reported in the West Bank towns of Jenin, Nablus, Jericho, Ramallah and Bethlehem.
But the split doesn’t necessarily stop there – Egypt won’t be happy having a bunch of terrorist nutters running all of the Gaza strip, right on its border. And Syria and Iran will want Hezbollah to get a piece of the West Bank, from whence it can easily rocket all of Israel.
So quite soon there could be 4 Palestinian states, each built on acts like this:
At least 25 Palestinians were killed and 80 were wounded as Hamas fighters overran two of Fatah’s most important security installations in the Gaza Strip on Thursday. Witnesses said the victors dragged vanquished gunmen from the building and shot them to death gangland-style in the street in front of their families.
The European Commission on Thursday suspended its humanitarian aid projects in the Gaza Strip, citing the escalating violence.”I fervently hope that the projects can resume very soon,” said EU Humanitarian Aid Commissioner Louis Michel.
EU humanitarian operations in both Gaza and the West Bank totaled 84 million euros ($110 million) last year. So far this year, it has earmarked 60 million euros ($80 million).
In a sane world, when the EU resumes aid “very soon”, it would just split this year’s $80 million two, or four, ways.
But each gang will need to pay its killers and buy them guns. Empirically, that’s a fixed overhead of, um, $80 million per gang. So if I were M. Michel, I’d be filing a supplementary for another $240 million – he could tap the funds no doubt allocated to printing a copy of the Nouveau Constitution Lite for each and every European.
So, sadly, both Norway and the EU will pull in their belts and keep the cash flowing.
But if the Palestinians keep fragmenting – say into 20 states – at some point the terror-sponsors’ money will run out.
Then we might finally see peace in the MidEast.