Thursday, May 03, 2007

Updating the US plan for Palestine

Azzam al-Ahmad, a senior Fatah person, and currently deputy Prime minister in the government of national unity, has said if the current economic blockade led by the US and Europe isn't lifted, the national unity government will collapse within three months at most, and the author of the lead editorial in Al-Quds al-Arabi (which leans to Hamas, as you know) says he agrees. And the editorialist adds: There isn't any prospect of the blockade being lifted, because the Palestinians' "friends" aren't putting any pressure on Washington to do so. He says Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas raised this with the Saudi king during his recent tour, "But the only response he obtained was advise to to to Washington and get their agreement first of all, then there wouldn't be any problem resuming funding of the Palestinian Authority".

And logic suggests the Americans may well be already planning for the post-collapse situation. Why else, the editorialist asks, would they continue spending millions on training and arming of security forces associated with Fatah, at the same time that they continue to block general funding for the government? He puts it this way:
The American administration, which earmarks millions for the Presidential Guards, and finances training and arming of its members in Jordan and in Egypt, is perhaps preparing in advance for stage that comes after the collapse of the government. It doesn't seem logical that they would earmark $60 million for the reconstruction of the [Presidential] Guards, and at the same time block [general] funding for the government, in spite of the fact that the Minister of Finance is friends with many of the American authorities, including Condoleeza Rice...
The scheme laid out in the February-March "Action Plan" (see prior post) called for building up of the role of Abbas and Fatah within the formal framework of the national unity government, via quick-fix economic funding, euphoria over negotiations with Israel, and security-improvements. Obviously that overall scheme has not worked out. What the Al-Quds editorialist is suggesting is what comes next for US policy: Namely continued economic squeeze, with generous funding only for the Fatah-related security forces in preparation for the period of lawlessness that will follow the national-unity government's inevitable collapse.


Blogger dancewater said...

Democracy Hypocrisy

This just makes me sick, and I am afraid the murderers will get away with it. again.

7:59 PM  
Anonymous compulsive reader said...

I think that certain parts of the Al-Majid document are still alive. A lot of the political measures, especially the one's that required Olhmert failed because they were based on Olhmert regaining some (any) political legitimacy. Obviously, that is completely shot due to the fact that his own foreign policy adviser is advising him to quit! But the security measures are still in place and moving forward. It's the least that we could do for them. I mean, look how well our democracy building Salvadorian Option works in Iraq! It has to work in Palestine too, right? This is Eliot Abrams. This is the only thing he can do, and he's been doing it for almost three decades now. One man has been able to make American Foreign Policy be know as Civil War, Inc. across the world. Why hasn't someone investigated this violent idiot yet and finally put the stake through the heart of this vampire? Why? Why? Why? This man belongs to my parents generation (I'm 27). I hate my parents generation. I really do. The things they have done, and the culture the inaugurated in the 1980's (the time that my parents generation would have been in their mid-20's/early 30's and politically ative, maybe a bit younger than Mr. Abrams, but his contemporary) has been an unmitigated disaster and is reaching it's apex. ELIOT ABRAMS IS THE STANDARD BEARER OF THAT DISASTER! Why wasn't he finished after Iran-Contra? Because of my parents generation. My birth and entire life has been nothing but a long war in the middle east. Run by Eliot Abrams. Pardon my rant, but I'm pissed. Here:
Here are Eliot Abrams demands to start and fund a ivil war in Palestine. Eliot Fucking Abrams.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eliot Fucking Abrams?

You mean Eliot worlds worst arranger of marriages anachronism guaranteed to facilitate no love ever in the name of modernity Abrams. He dah the man.

anna missed

1:59 AM  
Blogger badger said...

dancewater, compulsive reader, anna m, and everyone: Please note the Haaretz piece that cr pointed to, you can click here. And there is a link there to the latest document, which includes a detailed demand by Washington for Israeli cooperation in arming Fatah. Also: is on the case. In spite of the complete silence in the press about the Al-Majd document, I don't think we have heard the last of it (for what that's worth). Btw, I was wrong to refer to the program in the Al-Majd document as a "last gasp". Obviously it, and now the Haaretz document, are only the latest permutations of the ongoing scheme.

5:48 AM  
Anonymous compulsive reader said...

Sorry, badger. I don't know what came over me yesterday. I try to be succinct and pertinent when I leave comments, but I just have such a visceral reaction to that man. So, what do yo think is still on track in re: these explicit programs? And, what kind of monkey wrenches can/will distort their course? Other than Olmert's dismissal which might come in the form of a no-confidence vote in the knesset, what other interventions might be on the horizon?

7:56 PM  
Blogger badger said...

compulsive reader,
Personally I thought your remarks on Abrams and the generational thing were really interesting, being an angle I hadn't thought of before (believe it or not). Don't ever hesitate. On those questions about the prospects for the US scheme, I think your guess is as good as mine. It does seem as if both the Fatah and Hamas sides are becoming pessimistic about the survival of the government if the economic blockade continues.

3:49 AM  

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