At Saturday's swearing in of the new
Palestinian Legislative Council the Palestinian Authority will fall
largely under the sway of terrorists who make no attempt to disguise
their murderous intentions toward the Jewish state.
Israel Friday braced for Hamas' rise to
power by announcing plans to cut most ties with the PA as of Sunday,
a move which, despite more than a decade of PA-sanctioned terror, was
made next to impossible by the diplomatic maneuvering of Yasser
Arafat's and Mahmoud Abbas' PLO.
But Hamas' openly stated (both in
Arabic and English) goal of annihilating Israel has “changed the
rules of the game,” to quote Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Earlier in the week, Israel's defense
establishment proposed a series of measures aimed at reducing
Jerusalem's ties with the PA and imposing restrictions on that
hostile regime. Those measures include:
Freezing further transfers of tax
revenues collected by Israel on behalf of the PA;
banning the entry of workers from
the Gaza Strip into sovereign Israel;
severely curtailing movement
between the Gaza Strip and Judea and Samaria;
preventing the transfer of
military equipment to the PA from foreign nations; and
halting plans to help construct
sea and air ports in the Gaza Strip.
Olmert met with top defense officials
Friday to discuss the recommendations, and a ministerial gathering
Sunday is expected to approve the plan.
Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni told Army
Radio there will be no compromise with Hamas over these sanctions
until the terror group renounces its deeply-seeded, Islam-based core
beliefs and reason for existence.
She was followed by veteran politician
Shimon Peres, who backed the hard-line policy against the Hamas
Authority, and laid the blame for the ensuing hardships on the
Palestinian Arabs on the intractable ideology of the killers they had
overwhelmingly voted in:
is a disaster for the Palestinian people [sic].”
However, Israel's efforts to isolate
and squeeze the Hamas-led PA may be thwarted before ever getting off
the ground, as they seem to enjoy the support of no nation other than
the United States.
Regardless of the amount of blood on
the hands of its leaders, the PA can still rely on Brussels, not to
mention Russia and the entire Muslim world.
Following a meeting with Abbas in
Ramallah Thursday, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana
vowed the EU would never abandon the PA, even if Hamas responds
negatively to its requests to disarm and recognize Israel.