Interesting article. And I totally agree that the Pals are helping build the wall
The point I was making was regarding the immorality
. If business people blur the line, well, that's one thing. They can be held accountable. But we're talking about a government
here-- a government that puports to represent the best interests of the people it represents. Further, the cement sold is onlya small part of the problem-- the billions stolen over the decades are the real issue. To simply justify it by saying,
These are smart business people, they know that the wall will be built no matter what. But they also know that it will collapse at a later time like the Berlin wall did. So there thinking is - Let's make millions while it lasts.
is patently ridiculous. The fact of the matter is, the cement was sold (by Egypt) to at a discount to rebuild Palestinian homes and infrstructure-- not to enrich a select few PA ministers and their families. That cement- like billiions of dollars before it-- was stolen. I really am surprised your're defending the PA-- considering the last week or so. Given the revulsion and disgust the Palestinians are displaying towards the entrenched corruption, your position is puzzling.
There are similiar instances of PA malfeasance.
For example, the construction of the settlements themselves. Ever wonder why there has never been one instance of a demonstration by Palestinians against their construction? Imagine the value of the image of a thousand Palestinian schoool girls sitting in the road and blocking a bulldozer.
The reason is simple. Cement gate has been going on for decades. Palestinian cement and construction comapmies have been building the settlements for years. There are no demonstrations against the settlements because they disrupt business--a business that makes the same PA ministers millions. They don't give a damn about the plight of the Palestinians. Never have, never will.
Yes, it's true that those settlements will eventually come down.
Too bad the PA has been complicit in prolonging the conflict, entrenching corruption and has been taking advantage of the Palestinians for years, making money while population continues to pay for their misdeeds.
The EU has said enough is enough- they are 'sick and tired' of PA antics, to the point where they are longer willing to throw good money after bad.
The PA claims to come to the table wanting peace. Given their track record of corruption it isn't hard to understand why Palestinains are upset.
After all, why hurry peace when there's money to be made, right?