Friday, September 16, 2005

Nobody's Pals

Well, it appears that the Palestinians are living up to Abba Eban's mantra that they "never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity", and have trashed their own economic inheritance. You heard it here first on Freedmanslife, 2 weeks before it happened! Paul Wolfensohn and a whole bunch of well-meaning but utterly naive American Jewish philanthropists, anxious to show the world that they cared, had spent $14m to buy the hothouses and hand them to the PA to guarantee several thousand jobs.

But there's more... the Palestinians have decided to pump raw sewage into the sea off Gaza, thus polluting their own beaches and sending muck up to the intake pipes at Ashkelon's desalination plant (hat tip: Kobi). This will result in the plant becoming unusable, and will also wreak havoc along the Israeli coast. Fine, the Palestinians will always take a chance to swipe at Israel, and eco-terrorism is one avenue they haven't tried yet. But as so often, they are cutting off their noses to spite their faces; the desalination plant pumps fresh water INTO GAZA.

What can Israel do about it? If they physically intervene to stop the building of the pipe, they incur the wrath of the world yet again. If they do not, they risk ecological damage along their own coastline and will end up having less water to share with the Palestinians - they will surely be blamed for this too. If they threaten to withhold water supplies, the world will accuse them of holding the Palestinians to ransom.

Meanwhile local sources here are saying that they have also trashed the former joint industrial zone at Erez, which was closed in 2004 due to the terror attacks on the border crossing there, and was handed over intact to the PA last week (though they didn't bother to show up to the handover ceremony). And guess what - they are planning to keep blaming the Israelis for their own waste and corruption that is keeping the Palestinians in poverty.

Everyone from Sharon leftwards, and all of the well-meaning, moderately pro-Israel media have been busy telling us that "now the Palestinians will have nobody to blame but themselves" and "the world will hold them accountable, not the Israelis". We have learned nothing from 57 years of Israel making compromises and being taken advantage of by an enemy that cannot be placated. This time will be no different.

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