Thursday, January 26, 2006

Palestinians Have Chosen to be Led by Terrorists. Now The US Must Choose to Pull All Aid To the Palestinian Government

The results are now in for this week's historic elections in the Palestinian government, and the winner is terrorism. The militant, Islamic terrorist group Hamas has emerged with a clear majority of seats in the Parliament. The Fatah party -- which currently controls the territories and receives billions in US taxpayer dollars -- was soundly defeated, and now must decide whether to cooperate with Hamas and form a coalition government, or stand as an opposition party to them.

Personally, I hope they decide to oppose Hamas and not cooperate. Make no mistake, Hamas is a terrorist organization. They have been responsible for the deaths of hundreds (maybe thousands) of innocent people by sending suicide bombers into Israel for the express purpose of killing civilians. Hamas receives a large amount of its funding for terrorism from rogue states like Iran and Syria, and has stated that its ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel. And now, they are supposed to be the ones "negotiating for peace." That would be laughable if it weren't so deadly serious.

I am not a Middle East expert, nor do I claim to have all the answers for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. What I do know is that I do not want my tax money going to terrorists in any way, shape, or form. The United States must immediately stop all foreign aid to the Palestinian territories. Elections have consequences. The Palestinian people have chosen to be led by terrorists. By doing so, they have said to the people of the United States and the world that they identify more with Osama Bin Laden than with Anwar Sadat. They want a society that more closely resembles that of Taliban-controlled Afghanistan than that of, say, Jordan or Egypt.

It is not possible to negotiate with people whose stated goal is your destruction. Israel will not (and should not) negotiate for peace with Hamas. The Palestinians have stated through the democratic process that they oppose peace with Israel. They want terrorists to lead them, and they will have to suffer the consequences (i.e. diplomatic isolation, loss of international aid, etc.) of those desires. Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas member recently elected to represent a district in Northern Gaza, said that peace talks and recognition of Israel are "not on our agenda."

America has never really been a neutral party in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We have nearly always sided with Israel. I am okay with that, we are not Switzerland. But over the last few years, the American position has shifted firmly in favor of a two-state solution. That is my personal position, as well. Over the last decade or so, the United States has given billions of dollars in aid to the Palestinian Authority. This should stop the second that the new Hamas-controlled government assumes power. The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) will likely continue giving money to the Palestinians, despite Hamas. Both organizations have rather twisted definitions of terrorism.

But the US does not have to participate. Please contact your Senators and Congress members and urge them to stop all aid to the Palestinian territories. US taxpayer dollars should not be given directly to terrorists for the purpose of killing innocents. That will be the result if the aid is not stopped immediately. Hopefully, the Palestinian people will see the error of their ways and call for new elections. But until that happens, they should receive nothing from the United States.


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Senator Ben Nelson
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DC Office Address: 720 Hart Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-6551



Senator Chuck Hagel
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DC Office Address: 248 Russell Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-4224






Rep Jeffrey Fortenberry
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District: 1
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Email: Contact Form
DC Office Address: 1517 Longworth House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Telephone: (202) 225-4806



Rep. Lee Terry
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District: 2
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DC Office Address: 1524 Longworth House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Telephone: (202) 225-4155




Rep. Tom Osborne
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District: 3
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Email: none
DC Office Address: 507 Canon House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Telephone: (202) 255-6435

5 comments:

Howard Davis said...

Thank you "bruce" for perfectly exemplifying why religion is such a dangerous thing. You say alot and nothing at the same time. My head hurts just from beginning to read this nonsense.

Do yourself a favor, read a book other than the bible or Q'aran or whatver else you have been reading. Try a biography or some new fiction. Your blood pressure will go down, and you will stop feeling compelled to blast blogs with your religious nonsense.

Thanks.

jim marquis said...

I totally agree with you, Howard. Based on this election I would say the only reason the Palestinians
get up in the morning is to destroy Israel.

I think George is starting to understand that democracy can definitely be one of those "be careful what you wish for" concepts.

Howard Davis said...

I saw some Palestinian spokespeople making the rounds of the news shows this morning. They are trying to spin this as something less than catastrophic. The most consistent line is that the vote for Hamas is not a show of support for terrorism, but rather a show of support for all the "humanitarian" things Hamas has been doing.

All I know is, any hope for a moderate, coalition government happening in Israel has probably evaporated. I bet there is a shift farther to the right than Sharon -- Netanyahu looks like a contender again. The Israeli Prime Minister that officially sits down with Hamas will have a pretty short term.

The Palestinians have, once again, fucked themselves. They have proven that they are their own worst enemy -- not Israel.

Elie Perler said...

whatever happens, you can bet any outcome will be blamed on israel.

Howard Davis said...

of course. if a palestinian catches a cold, it was the israelis that gave him "zioinst germs." they are always to blame.