Tax Funds To Hamas – An Alternative Solution
TAX FUNDS TO HAMAS
Presently, temporary Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has withheld the next payment of tax and customs’ fees from Hamas. Most in the government and media know that Olmert is placing money in escrow temporarily so he can look forceful before the March 28th elections. After that he will deliver the money into the hands of whoever is controlling the Palestinian Authority and that will be Hamas.
They will then be the paymaster to the combined forces of Hamas and Fatah’s armies. This amounts to 60,000 well-armed terrorists (whatever the world wishes to call them). Moreover, all the cash dollars will, in one way or another, continue to build the Global Terrorist Network — in training, equipment, explosives and payments to families of suicide volunteers.
While Israel wishes to avoid the condemnation of the supportive European Nations and the U.N., she should not fund the purchase of guns and explosives that will be used to kill their own families. Therefore, I propose the following as an alternative solution:
Since the World speaks of maintaining a Humanitarian Solution with the recognition that most donor monies go into the hands of terrorists, simply change the method of payment.
Instead of providing fungible cash money, transfer the equivalent in food, medicine, medical equipment and such things which are immediately useful for the humanitarian needs of the people. If Hamas gets the money directly, not only is it used first for weapons but, there is no guarantee that it ever reaches the people.
Nothing should be provided that Hamas can trade or barter for guns, explosives or the upkeep and safe-houses for terrorists be they called policemen or whatever euphemistic name they may be called, since it is well-known that from the days of Yassir Arafat through the Abu Mazen period, most of the money is never acquired by the real men, women and children who are not terrorists. A policy of providing butter instead of Cash- for-Guns should be welcomed by the Europeans, Americans and the United Nations. Food for the people should be delivered to “honest” brokers on the so-called Palestinian side who (hopefully) will not then raise the true value price and sell it on the black market.
Medical supplies should be delivered directly into the hands of the medical staffs of hospitals before it can be stolen by Hamas and re-sold. Recall how Arafat’s terrorist army in Lebanon would drain the blood of patients in the hospitals and use it for their “solider-terrorists.” Even building materials such as cement and lumber would be transferred as materials-for-cash.
Granted there will always be crooks on both sides who may find a way to cash in on the well-meant humanitarian transfers. But a good media campaign of human interest stories, demonstrating the “humanitarian” actions by Israelis both in goods and services such as medical treatments for Arab children in Israeli hospitals, well-known in Israel but not acknowledged abroad, will prove quite beneficial. This effort would require a solid committee established by the Knesset and out of the hands of the likes of Olmert and Peres. It must be transparent.
If the E.U. or the Arabist State Department objects because they want the cash to flow to support an army of terrorists…too bad. They will have to explain their motives to their electorate.
Providing food, medicine and medical equipment is the highest form of humanitarian aid. Who could object other than the terrorists and terrorist nations who want the War of Terror to continue? This aid coming from Israel will be grudgingly appreciated by the Arabs/Palestinians even though they voted for a continuation of terror through Hamas.