I mentioned yesterday that the “Palestinian” “Authority” was more corrupt now than ever, and that I’d find the citation for you.
Muhammad Rashid, the former economic adviser to Yasser Arafat who is wanted by the Palestinian Authority for embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars, revealed on Thursday that the PA had provided financial aid to Arab parties during general elections in Israel.
He also demanded an investigation into the source of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s wealth.
Rashid, who is currently in London, said that Abbas used to “take millions of dollars from the Palestinian Authority and the private sector under the pretext of helping Arab parties in Israeli elections.”
This may surprise some of you ignorant types (who do stumble into our enlightened space from time to time, attracted, like moths, to the brilliance of our colloquy). Arabs run for and serve in the Knesset. Some of them are as hostile to the Zionist entity—from within—as any Hamass or Hezbollah blowhard. I’m not sure how healthy it is to the body politic, but that’s Democracy, baby.
But to learn that they are receiving money from outside Arab sources, bent on Israel’s destruction? That would be like learning—oh, I don’t know—that Democrats like Clinton, Gore, and Obama received illegal contribtutions from Chinese communists. Can you imagine?
The PA’s Anti-Corruption Commission, which issued the arrest warrant against him, is itself very corrupt, Rashid said.
He pointed out that two ministers in Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s new cabinet have been accused of involvement in corruption scandals, but the commission did not take any measures against them.
The former adviser, who is considered one of the wealthiest Palestinians in the world, launched a scathing attack on Abbas, holding him and his two businessmen sons responsible for corruption.
“When Mahmoud Abbas returned to the Palestinian territories [after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993], I gave him $25,000 at the request of the late president Yasser Arafat,” Rashid claimed.
“Today, he and his sons have palaces and property estimated at 15 million Jordanian dinars [approximately $21m.] in Palestine, Jordan, Tunisia and other places.”
Rashid said the timing of the arrest warrant against him was linked to a series of interviews he gave to Al-Arabiya and to the PA’s fear that he would expose various corruption scandals.
Ah, they’re all rats as far as I’m concerned. Let them gnaw on each other. Just leave Israel the hell alone.
*Post title courtesy of W. Somerset Maugham, who coined it for Monaco, I believe, though it serves well here. One of the pithiest comments in all English.