what else can we call this than NRKs desperate dry humping of a nearly vaporized corpse; the Oslo agreement.
They have brought out all their big guns to take a potshot at Israel, not being too precise in their presentation of facts but very suggestive in their innuendos.
first a story on how much the Palestinians cost us, only to be followed by boycott calls in other articles.
bad google translate from NRK.no
We have paid for Palestinians traveling for 20 years
West Bank / Palestine when Palestinian leaders and diplomats traveling around the world to talk about what they need help and money, it is you and I who pay for flights, hotel rooms and meeting facilities.
Published 18/02/2013, at. Updated 4:23 p.m. yesterday, 10 hours ago
Shortly after the peace accord in Oslo, the organization AHLC (Ad Hoc Liasion Committee) was created. The aim was to coordinate aid to the Palestinians from several Western countries, and to facilitate talks between the Israelis and Palestinians. Norway took immediate leadership role in this donor group and has not released any other to strengthen the helm.
NRK Focus has obtained statements from the State Department showing that Norway spends more and more money to hold meetings of the organization. For each time ministers and presidents from the EU, USA, Palestine and Norway meet in the forum it is Norway that picks up the bill for Palestinian ministers and diplomats traveling to European cities or the United States. In 20 years, the Norwegian taxpayers paid at least 12 million such trips. In addition, the costs of Norwegians travel, hotel accommodations and food.
Now the former head of the AHLC, Jan Egeland, thinks the United States must take a much more central role in donor coordination and serve as head of the donor group.
– When Norway got the lead role in AHLC in 1993, it was intended that as head should be rotated and that the group should be limited. The Foreign Ministry has always done a great and good work in the driver’s seat representing the donors, but it is only the U.S. that can put pressure on both the Israelis and Palestinians. It never gets the full effect of the aid money for Israel and the Palestinian parties change their policy, says Egeland told NRK.
The U.S. and EU have been open to take the lead in AHLC several times before. But none of them wanted the other to be the boss. Thus, Norway has remained in the chair. At the same time, a new master thesis from the University of Oslo, shows how Norwegian Foreign Ministers have repeatedly found creative ways to remain in power.
And now Norway is also left with the bill that is getting more expensive every year: In 1999, total 194,000 million. In 2012 it had multiplied:
In April, Norway treated a trip to Brussels for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and his entourage. In september picked Norway bill for the trip to New York meeting of the Palestinian finance minister Nabil Kassis and his aides. In New York Norway also paid for the meeting rooms. Price tag: NOK 1.9 million.
– A major cause of high costs in recent years is that at the meetings in New York has incurred additional costs as rental of meeting rooms and staff. Moreover AHLC meetings have been canceled some years earlier. Other years, it is only held one, not two meetings, explains the Head Ragnhild Imerslund of the Foreign Ministry.
Norway has also positioned itself as a leader for the organization under AHLC that distribute aid money to the Palestinians. This also costs money: 22 million, Norway has used to lead the organization LACS. It was created in 2005 as a meeting point between the Palestinian Authority and donors for information and coordination.
These leadership roles makes it easier for Norwegian foreign ministers to meet and time with ministers from the U.S. and EU. Few other countries the size of Norway have such access to the world’s most powerful leaders. And in those meetings the Norwegian foreign minister talk about the Middle East, but also fish oil, North and other topics that are important for Norway.
– When Norway lost the role of facilitator between the parties, the leadership of the donor group was the most important role it could play in the peace negotiations. It gave Norwegian foreign policy makers access to meetings and heads of government we would not normally have access to, explains Egeland.
He points out that the international community always has a responsibility to assist countries and people in need. He also believes that the assumptions for the present leadership role as facilitator for peace in the Middle East and Head of aid to Palestine has changed significantly since the 1990s. Egeland led AHLC meetings from 1993 to 1997.
– It’s dangerous to just continue in a race that no longer have the assumptions that it began with. At the time, Israel had a leadership that genuinely wanted a negotiated peace with their Palestinian neighbors. Now it does not compromise among Israelis, the Palestinians collection or generosity in the world community. Today we are further from a solution than it was 20 years ago when we got the Oslo accords, says Egeland.
READ: Questions and Answers on Palestine’s new status
Five years ago, donor countries agreed to do everything possible to build Palestinian institutions – so that the Palestinians are ready to govern their own country.
Since when is 35 billion poured into the Palestinian budget, and last year declared both the World Bank, the UN and the International Monetary Fund that the Palestinians are ready for the job: Now it can be a Palestinian state.
Institutions are better than many other countries in the area that are independent states. But as long as Israeli and Palestinian politicians can not agree, the Palestinians remain without their own country. And donor countries, led by Norway continuing to provide assistance. Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide hope and believe that one day there will be a Palestine and Israel in the Middle East who live side by side in peace.
– We will continue with this now, as long as the parties would have us, that the parties set up behind a two-state solution. But the whole purpose of this process is just to make it redundant, because we hope that there will be a Palestinian State living democratically free and safe as a good neighbor to Israel, says Barth Eide.
– Do you think the Israelis are hoodwinking you when they talk about a two-state solution?
– I note that Israel’s official policy is to line up behind a two-state solution, and that they are clear that it is also their interest. But it is not possible to keep on as they do today forever. precisely because one must have a political vision to engage in what we do now. We now see both a resignation from a variety Palestinians, and we see a resignation from a number of the friends of this process, and that is one reason why we then have this meeting with a number of key Arab countries to ensure that people still believe in the process and continue to contribute into it responds Barth Eide
As we see, the NRK is unwilling to present critical questions or attempts to challenge the current Norwegian waste of money, but quick to shift focus from all that money we spend on corrupt bigots who travel first class on our tax money while their bank accounts mysteriously are getting fatter and fatter. The follow up article does not expressly call for a trade boycott, but you dont even have to read between the lines to get the finer points here…. fact checking appears to not be the strong side of this journalist… (another bad google translate)
West Bank Both Denmark and the United Kingdom require that wine, fruit, toys and creams made by settlers in the West Bank indicated that they are produced on occupied land. Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide (Labour) will not require the same before several countries agree.
Published 02/24/2013, at. Updated 02/25/2013 9:36 p.m., at. 12:10
The wine that Israeli Yoram Cohen stock built in the illegal settlement of Ofra in the West Bank marked in the same way that wine made in Israel: stamp “Made in Israel” is used both for goods manufactured within Israel’s internationally recognized borders – and in the occupied West Bank.
Thus, fruit, vegetables, wine and creams sold to customers who believe that the goods are made in Israel.
Both the Danish and British authorities require that this does not happen with them. In addition, the Danish government passed and warned government agencies and the private sector towards having activity with settlers because this can help to legitimize the illegal settlements.
Recently also demanded Peace Prize winner and former President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari that the rest of Europe should follow the Danes and the British example. Together with former High Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN, Mary Robinson Ahtisaari pointed out that precisely such a labeling is Europe’s big chance to help out a two-state solution.
In Norway, the Ministry for some time been working on the issue of trade in goods from the settlements. The matter is discussed regularly with other Nordic and European countries – in the hope of arriving at a common policy.
– We are now in a Nordic and European circuit where we want to see a united and common solution around the goods produced in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. My impression is that the Danes feel that their actions did not lead to much. Therefore, they also help to try to find a common solution, says Eide.
“Made in Israel”
In 2010, Norway entered that Israel became a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD. Israel’s membership was controversial – precisely because it occupies the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza. Norway chose to emphasize that this only applied to Israel within the borders before 4 June 1967.
– Our view is that Israel’s occupation is illegal. It is important to emphasize that Israel’s internationally privileges do not apply to goods manufactured in the West Bank. Therefore, the labeling of goods one of the things we are considering together with other countries, said Eide.
Several international organizations point now that it is impossible to verify where the goods are produced as long as they labeled as “Made in Israel” – regardless of whether they are made within Israel’s internationally recognized borders and in the occupied West Bank. The organizations also claim that Europe imports fruits, vegetables, wine, clothing and toys worth $ 1.5 billion a year from illegal settlers.
It is 15 times more than the goods produced by Palestinians in the same area.
NRK has contacted several researchers to see if it’s similar list of items sold in Norway. None of those we contacted have knowledge about it exists.