US, Israel cooperate to pay and arm terrorists

Well, maybe that wasn’t exactly their intention, but:

A long-wanted terrorist chief arrested yesterday by Israeli forces was trained by the U.S., served in a senior capacity on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ U.S.-backed security detail and was a ranking member of a team that received and distributed American arms shipments the past two years, WND has learned.

Khaled Shawish, an officer in Abbas’ Force 17 presidential guards, was captured by undercover Israeli police forces following scores of shooting attacks he is suspected of carrying out.

Shawish doubles as the Ramallah chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group. He previously boasted of involvement in a West Bank shooting attack in December 2000 that killed Israeli ultranationalist leader Benjamin Kahane [son of Rabbi Meir Kahane –ed] and Kahane’s wife, Talya. — WND

I cannot understand why the Palestinian Fatah faction, which has a ‘military’ (i.e., terrorist) wing no less murderous than that of Hamas, is considered the ‘good guy’ by the US and Israel. The al-Aqsa Brigades have taken credit for numerous terror attacks, including the suicide bombing in Eilat this January. They often do so cooperatively with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, as in the case of the Eilat bombing.

Anyway, weapons given to Fatah often end up hijacked by Hamas. And many members of the Fatah ‘security’ forces moonlight in Hamas and other terrorist militias.

But worse yet, money is now officially flowing directly to the Hamas-dominated Palestinian Authority:

With U.S. backing, donor funds have started flowing into an account controlled by Palestinian Finance Minister Salam Fayyad to pay partial government salaries, Palestinian and Western officials said on Monday.

Fayyad was expected to receive enough money through the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) account to pay government workers, including members of the security forces, at least half of their normal monthly wages later this week…

U.S. officials said the objective of providing the assurances was to ensure that banks felt comfortable transferring funds to the PLO and, in turn, to strengthen Palestinians like Fayyad and Abbas who favour a negotiated two-state solution to the conflict. — Reuters

QassamsAbbas and Fayyad provide the fig leaf, but Hamas is in control and Hamas now has more financial resources than ever before.

What do we expect them to do with it?

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