Bolstering proceeds apace

YNet reports:

Three Jordanian trucks loaded with Kalashnikov rifles arrived Friday afternoon at the Muqataa compound in Ramallah, a Palestinian security source told Ynet…

On Thursday, Ynet reported that four Jordanian trucks had arrived at the Palestinian Authority [PA], containing more than 3,000 rifles. According to the security source, six additional trucks were expected to arrive in the coming days.

An Israeli military source on Thursday confirmed the report on the arrival of trucks carrying rifles to the PA, saying that the weapons were part of the plan to bolster the Palestinian security organizations

The source could not say where the funding for the equipment came from, but mentioned that nine more trucks were expected to arrive in Jericho over the next few days carrying bullet proof vests and additional equipment.

An enormous quantity of arms has flowed into the hands of the PA since the Oslo agreement. It has not improved Israel’s security, since the PA has never seriously tried to arrest and hold terrorists. And of course in many cases, PA security personnel have turned out to hold second (or first) jobs as members of a terrorist militia.

The best that can be hoped is that the ‘security forces’ will use their weapons to arrest some Hamas operatives that are directly challenging them (Tuesday they used them to shoot Hamas-aligned students at an-Najah University, one of whom died today from his wounds). However, it is very doubtful that they will take any action against terrorism directed at Israelis.

It’s not clear who is paying for this, but I presume it represents the implementation of US General Keith Dayton’s project to build up a Fatah army to confront Hamas.

What is impossible for me to believe is that these ‘security’ forces are not already armed to the hilt. Why do they need thousands of rifles?

Abu Abir, a spokesman for the Popular Resistance Committees, warned that the arms arriving in the West Bank will find their way to the hands of Palestinian resistance organization, just like they did in the past.

Oh, I get it. Why didn’t I think of that?

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