Op-Ed: Who Stole $3 Billion from the PA Cookie Jar?
Mark LangfanThe writer, who writes on security issues, has created an original educational 3d Topographic Map System of Israel to facilitate clear understanding of the dangers facing Israel and its water supply. It has been studied by US lawmakers and can be seen at www.marklangfan.com.
We would all declaim in turn: "who stole the cookie from the cookie jar? Not me, not you, couldn't be, then who?"
Well, the Sunday Times just reported that according to a recent report of the European Court of Auditors, a Luxembourg-based watchdog, more than $3 billion dollars (or 2 billion Euros) of European aid given to the Palestinian Authority between 2008 and 2012 "may have been misspent, squandered or lost to corruption."
The auditor report further stated there were "significant shortcomings" in the management of funds sent to "Gaza and the West Bank". Also, the auditors "complained about the lack of measures to mitigate ‘high-level’ risks, such as "corruption" or funds not being used for their" designated purpose.
Where is Sherlock Holmes when you need him!
But it gets richer (or poorer in this case.). Just this week, Palestinian "President" Mahmoud Abbas blamed the "Israeli occupation" for his not having enough money to pay his government's 150,000 Palestinian Arab "employees". The Palestinian Authority's 2013 budget was expected to reach $1.4 billion.
It was lined with concrete slabs purchased from Israel after massive world pressure insisted that the concrete was needed for schools and hospitals
Abbas and Hamas are not paying teachers to teach physics or computers to Palestinian Arab children so they can compete in the modern world. Instead, Abbas and Hamas are paying Palestinian Arab terrorist murderers who are sitting in Israeli jails, and terror tunnel builders who intend to kidnap Israeli school children. These are the leaders the Palestinian Arabs voted and empowered the barely remembered last elections held in the PA..
If one had predicted in 1993 that the Oslo Process would bring 1.7 kilometer tunnels from Gaza to a kibbutz kindergarten, the Jewish 1993 Peace-cultists would have called you "insane." Yet, the 1.7 km tunnel exists, and reached 300 meters into Israel before it was destroyed.
As the spokesperson for the military wing of Hamas, al-Qassam Brigades, just tweeted about the Ein Hashlosha tunnel, "the minds which manage to dig the tunnel can dig dozens more." (That's a direct quote. The word "minds" is used very loosely here.)
Before the Jews can ever defeat the Palestinian Arabs, we must first defeat the Jewish Peace-cultists who have confused and weakened the Jews themselves, before. they bring another tragedy to the Jewish people.