Astonishingly, after it has been revealed (once more) that the PA spends Norwegian tax payers money on anti-Semitims and hate speech served up raw on Palestinian kiddieTV, the Norwegian government rushes to throw more money on this very corrupt enterprise. It is argued that without urgent money transfer, the PA would collapse – with untold consequences. It is interesting however that our FM Eide is concerned that the PA should become economically stable and independent before a political solution to the conflict with Israel can be found. That is beyond doubt true, but it is really necessary to throw in all the money in one go – the PA bosses are well known for their natural talent in squandering money, or put it in their own pocket ( possibly thinking that it does not matter where the money goes, as long as it helps at least one Palestinian….) – or maybe Norwegian tax payers will be made to bear the burden later on this year, when mysteriously the endless stream of financial help has dried up and the only ones who are fat are the PA big wigs….
Judging by the reactions after last weeks revelations, FM Eide might just (once more) misinterpret the Norwegian mood when it comes to spending money on the Palestinians. (not a small amount of Norwegian Pal friends only like Palestinians as an object to pity, they might not like it if the pet pity project all of a sudden was made independent and responsible)
- Norway will disburse budget support to Palestine for 2013 in full already because it is urgent that public employees receive pay again, says Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide. Norway’s support helps to provide the Palestinian population education, health care and security.
The Norwegian aid budget of 240 million goes to the construction and operation of major public institutions in Palestine. The support is channeled through the World Bank, which controls the money allocated under the Palestinians’ own development and reform plans and in line with the World Bank’s stringent requirements.
Norway chairs the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHCL) that gathers the largest donors and coordinates support for the Palestinian Authority. International donors gathered again in Brussels in mid-March to discuss the financial difficulties Palestinians face. Donors, Palestinians and Israelis must work together on effective measures.
- Palestine can not continue to depend on donor contributions in the future. A sustainable Palestinian economy is required to achieve progress in the political negotiations to terminate the occupation and give the Palestinians control over their own resources, said Mr Eide.
- The crisis we are seeing now makes it even more important that all donors continue to provide solid contributions in 2013, and I urge donors to disburse aid as early in the year as possible, said Mr Eide.
I wonder if Mr. Eide has noticed that the rest of the speakers already have gone home….