By Stan Goodenough - Jerusalem NewsWire - May 11, 2006
A A leading figure in the International Christian Zionist movement Tuesday took to task those governments that insist on continuing to send millions of Euros in financial aid to the Palestinian Arabs, despite the fact that those Arabs overwhelmingly elected the terrorist group Hamas into power.
Malcolm Hedding, the South African-born director of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ), told members of the European Parliament attending a special meeting hosted by the European Coalition for Israel that Europe should not differentiate between people and their democratically elected governments.
"Otherwise, what is democracy?" he asked, as reported by The Jerusalem Post.
"At the end of the day, people have to be responsible for the people they put in power."
Hedding made his remarks as the United States was debating with the rest of the Quartet on ways to get financial aid to Palestinian Arabs by bypassing the Hamas-led Palestinian Authority.
Reports – which have since been denied by a senior but unnamed official in the Bush administration – indicate that America's earlier determination to stop all funding to the Palestinian Authority has been eroded. A mechanism is being worked out now by a Quartet committee whereby the needed funds can be channeled to the Palestinian Arabs.
The ludicrousness of this evasion seems to be lost on the power brokers. Either that, or they insist on purposefully going ahead despite it.
On the one hand the West – specifically the US – has made it a major foreign policy goal to plant democracy in the Islamic Middle East (notwithstanding the fact that Islam and democracy are anathematic to each other).
In line with this, massive international efforts were made to ensure that the Palestinian Arabs held "free and fair" elections this past January.
Under the approving gaze of former-US president Jimmy Carter, a great majority of Israel's "Palestinian" peace partners "freely and fairly" chose Hamas to head up their government.
Carter even followed up by declaring that the PA elections had been a model of democracy.
But after choosing, overwhelmingly and with eyes wide open, blood-soaked terrorists dedicated to anything but peace as their leaders, the "Palestinians" are paying a steep financial price.
Determined to bail them out despite their open antagonism, the liberal nations of the West have concocted an artificial and transparent distinction between the general "Palestinian" public and those they elected.
Hedding's refusal to play along with this plot provided context for the venomous words of a senior Hamas religious leader, who on the same day described Christian Zionists as criminals, enemies of the Palestinian Arabs, worshippers of Satan, and one of the greatest threats to world peace.