The Norwegian foreign minister Espen Barth Eide expresses frustration over the lack of benefit of the Norwegian funding and investments to the PA. “What’s the use”? Smells a bit of a warning to the PA too. Could this be a consequence of the recent disclosures of the abuse of funding to reward families of terrorists in Israel prisons as disclosed by the TV program Dagsrevyn recently ? Is the government feeling the heat ?It is, however, also interesting to read the more careful diplomatic tone of Eide in the citations, not what one has been used to from the MFA in past 8 years, clearly pointing out requirememts, not requests, of both parties to mke possible progress in negotiations for peace. The FM is carefulnot not to throw mud in anybodys face. Will he succeed to bring Norway in from the sidelines after all the years of Støre’s demolition of Norwegian diplomacy ?Well, very altruistic of him if he does since it will benefit Norway but not his own career; a good start to his successor from the right wing coalition to whom he hands over the stick in the autumn….
Ingeborg EliassenPublished: 19.mar. 2013 16:33 Updated: 19.mar. 2013 16:33Google translate:BRUSSELS (CBC): Norway and other donors are tired of pumping money into the operation of a state structure that has the prospect of becoming the skeleton of a real Palestinian state. – There is a limit. Time is running out, says Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide with special address to Israel and the United States.
USA has toned down expectations when President Barack Obama on Wednesday begins his four-day visit to the Middle East.But in Brussels on Tuesday the Norwegian foreign minister’s aired frustration over the lack of a real peace process between Palestinians and Israelis.– There is a time for everything. International donors have been working since the Oslo Accords, in two decades where a lot has happened in the world. There is a limit, time runs out. The parties must understand, especially Israel and the United States who believe that this can only be postponed, said Eide on the way to meet the AHLC, the donor group for the Palestinians, which Norway manages.– We are able to keep this going. AHLC makes sense as an infrastructure to a political process – but there’s almost no meaning to it if there is no political process, said Eide.Alternative: More radicalThe Palestinians were not a big issue in the Israeli elections recently. Eide warns Israelis who believe that the relatively peaceful situation in the West Bank, automatically will last.– If the Palestinian Authority collapses, it will in all likelihood lead to a radicalization of the West Bank as well. You can get something similar of Hamas to take over. Then you have not the cooperative, moderate party you now have. It’s very bad for the Palestinians, but also very stupid for Israel.[text omitted]– Most specific requirements are directed to Israel. But from the Palestinians we require hiring freeze, more openness and structural reforms, says Espen Barth Eide.[truncated]