One person commented here that the Palestinian people need the influx of $$ and that Hamas, unlike predecessors i.e. Arafat, has historically been instrumental in ensuring funds reach the populace in the form of education, improved infrastructure, etc.
My concern lies more with the Iranian side & inherent symbolism in a donation coming on the heels of the U.S./European aid cutoff, Ahmadinejad’s recent rhetoric regarding Israel and the Holocaust, talk of Iran’s nuclear progress and the current cut-with-a-knife thick tension between Iran and the U.S. This move sends a clear signal to numerous parties and ups the ante..
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Iran just announced they’ll be donating $50 million to the Palestinian Authority since Europe and the U.S. recently cut off direct aid.
I don’t even know where to begin vis a vis the implications of this one…Stay tuned.