Saturday, February 16, 2008


Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen argue that a Palestinian security plan backed by Washington calls into question President Bush's commitment to secure Israel's safety.

Unwavering U.S. determination to fund, train, and arm more than 50,000 Palestinian “soldiers” raises serious doubts about the repeated promises President George W. Bush has made to secure Israel’s safety and bring peace to the Middle East.

If the Bush administration gets its way, $4.2 billion to $7 billion in American taxpayer dollars over the next five years may fund training and purchase arms for tens of thousands of seasoned Palestinian terrorists. Many are veteran murderers, released from Israeli prisons in “confidence building” measures repeatedly demanded by the U.S.

It’s as if the U.S. proposed sending money, arms, and military instructors to help Sudanese strongman, Omar Hasan Ahmad al-Bashir, assist Darfur refugees — against whom he openly pursues genocide.

Rewarding Palestinian terrorism began in earnest in September 1993 with the Oslo Accords.... 

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