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January 31, 2006

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Alan McDonald

David,

These two links (bolded) in your first paragraph don't work:

CONGRATULATIONS to Israel for showing leadership and moral authority by CUTTING OFF funds to the Palestinian Authority yesterday, as Hamas rejected a chorus of international demands that it renounce violence and recognise the Jewish state. The Israeli move comes as America and Europe appeared at odds over how to respond to the election victory of Hamas in last week's Palestinian elections.

David Vance

Alan,

Thanks for that - I'll amend!

Alan McDonald

David,

Regarding the EU position, what do you think of Solana: Hamas Must Change to Receive Aid?

He said Europe has long had a strong, deep relationship with the Palestinians, but that it would be a mistake for Hamas to assume that the EU's position regarding the new government is different or more flexible than that of the United States, the United Nations and Russia.

"It's difficult to find a more compact representation of the international community, " Solana said.

I note that you did not include the UN and Russia in your discussion above.

David Vance

Alan,

The UN and Russia are vehemently anti-Israel and will do nothing but issue pious words, in my opinion. I care nothing for EU words, it's actions that count; Let's see when the money stops flowing. In fact, that's prompts a post....watch this space!

Alan McDonald

"It's difficult to find a more compact representation of the international community." So, does the Quartet hang together or hang separately? Watch this space!

Alan McDonald

UPDATE:

Israel halts tax payments to Palestinians

JERUSALEM, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Israel halted monthly tax payments on Wednesday to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority one week after the election victory of Hamas, but the militant group said it would seek financial support from the Arab world.
Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman predicted that Iran would step in to fill any financial gap.

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