The Arabs of Gaza, Judea, and Samaria (often erroneously referred to as “Palestinians”) got their “observer status” at the United Nations (does that come with binoculars?), and they still got to keep their kneecaps!
Israel has decided to pay off Palestinian Authority debts for electricity by using tax money the government collects for it.
Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz ordered that 435 million shekels – more than $110,000 – not only will be withheld from the Palestinian Authority but also will be transferred to the Israel Electric Corp, leaving an outstanding debt of another $70,000.
Israel several times has held up transferring to the Palestinian Authority tax money it collects on goods shipped to Arab areas in Judea and Samaria but always backed down in the face of international pressure.
Reactions to Steinitz’s move among talkback readers on Israeli websites has been almost overwhelmingly positive, reflecting pre-election polls that indicate a growing mood that the Israeli public has lost its patience with “good will” concessions to the Palestinian Authority.
Who hasn’t fallen behind in payments once in his life? No big deal. Israel didn’t come after the Arabs with a lead pipe; they didn’t shut off power; nothing punitive at all. They just transferred funds from one account in credit to another account in debit. And in another month or so, maybe the whole thing will be paid off. That sounds like the “moral high ground” Israel is so frequently urged to occupy. No wonder everyone’s happy.
Well, not everyone:
The EU charged the move destroys the “peace process,” which for years has been a dead issue except among foreign diplomats and media.
One wouldn’t expect the EU to understand: it isn’t exactly obsessive about paying its bills and operating in the black, is it?