Saturday, November 24, 2007
237. This makes NO sense
WHY is Olmert arming the Palestinians?
Olmert approves supply of 25 armored vehicles to PA
Despite IDF, Shin Bet's warning that equipment could reach terror organizations, prime minister agrees to hand over to Palestinians armored vehicles from Russia, 2 million bullets as goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Abbas ahead of Annapolis summit
Latest Update: 11.21.07, 08:33
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has approved the supply of 25 armored vehicles to the Palestinian security organizations in the West Bank, as a goodwill gesture to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas ahead of the Annapolis Peace Confrence.
The move was approved despite the defense establishment's strong objection. The Palestinians will also receive from Israel 2 million bullets...
"We are asking the Palestinians to fight terror. How are they supposed to do that, with stolen Israeli cars?" a senior official at the Prime Minister's Office said in response to the criticism over the planned move, which was approved a week ago....
Security sources still believe that this is a dangerous move. Although the armored vehicles are considered defensive rather than offensive equipment, weapons transferred through official channels have been known to reach Hamas in the past.
According to defense establishment officials, a large number of terror cells are located in the West Bank city of Nablus, where the equipment is slated to arrive.
[My own comment - I don't even think Israel should be supplying Gaza with electricity and water.]