In a Feb. 25 letter addressed to senior diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and the United Nations, Wolfensohn said Israel's decision to withhold the sales tax and customs fees it collects for the Palestinian Authority has pushed the caretaker government to the brink of insolvency.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas's secular Fatah movement currently runs the government. But that will change in a few weeks when Hamas, designated a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, forms the next cabinet following its victory in parliamentary elections.
Wolfensohn, a former World Bank president, said the Palestinian Authority needs $60 million to $80 million by the first week of March to pay 150,000 civil service employees and trainees, nearly half of them in the security forces. The European Commission, the executive body of the EU, agreed Monday to provide $144 million to the Palestinian Authority, designating most of it for social programs and energy bills. About $20 million could be used for salaries.
So the Implosion is not so much about Hamas but is really about the bankruptcy of Fatah in their governance of the Palestinian Authority. These same kind of problems came out during the Era of Arafat and again the threat of decay into anarchy and chaos was the big concern.
Hamas though their current funding mechanisms can fund an entire new system so this isn't an issue of money what this is about is a way to bring international support to Hamas.
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The Quartet agreed Jan. 30 to continue financing the caretaker government to strengthen Abbas, who has called on Hamas to pursue a negotiated peace with Israel based on a two-state solution to the conflict. But Wolfensohn, the Quartet's special envoy here, warned that Israel and the United States are pursuing policies at odds with that position by restricting vital funding before Hamas installs its cabinet. That is due to happen within the next month.
So a Hamas government that says we won't make or follow up with any agreement until Israel gives us the Pre-1967 boundries and Jerusalem is not threatening the two state solution that has been built up. But keeping Hamas from getting foriegn funds some how -IS-
They don't take concern when Fatah runs the money into a giant rathole.They threaten the US and Israel for saying they won't fund a government that is going to refuse to follow any treaties they agree to.
So once again.... Double Standard for Israel
So once again.... Double Standard for Islamic Radicals.