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Democrats Held “Secret Meetings” With Hamas

From the Jerusalem Post:

Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar

Hamas smuggled $66 million in 8 months

Dec. 6, 2006


Hamas officials have managed to smuggle more than $66 million in cash through the Rafah border crossing in the past eight months, a member of the Hamas-led government revealed Wednesday.

Meanwhile, sources close to the Hamas-led government claimed that Hamas representatives recently held talks with officials from the US Democratic Party at a secret location.

The sources told the Bethlehem-based Maan News Agency that Hamas representatives have also been holding secret talks with European government officials, including Britain and France.

Palestinian Authority Planning Minister Samir Abu Aisheh of Hamas said the cash that was brought by Hamas officials was handed over to the PA Finance Ministry. He also revealed that the Hamas-led government has managed to pay 69% of the salaries to the PA’s 160,000 civil servants during the same

Altogether, the Palestinians have received $318 million in international aid since Hamas took over despite international sanctions imposed on the Palestinians, the minister said, noting that most of the money was channeled through the office of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

This is the first time that a senior Hamas official reveals the total sum of money that has been smuggled into the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing. Several Hamas ministers, legislators and officials have managed to smuggle suitcases full of millions of dollars through the border crossing.

The most recent case occurred last week, when PA Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar returned from a 14-day Arab and Islamic tour carrying $20 million in cash. A week earlier, two Hamas legislators arrived at the Rafah border crossing each carrying $2 million in cash.

The report about contacts between Hamas and American and European officials comes in the wake of the breakdown of negotiations between Hamas and Abbas’s Fatah party over the formation of a Palestinian unity government.

According to the report, Hamas has succeeded in convincing European officials to accept the Islamist movement’s plan for a long-term hudna [truce] with Israel as a substitute for recognizing Israel’s right to exist.

The report quoted sources close to Hamas as saying that the Europeans have bought the idea of solving the Israeli-Arab conflict on the basis of a hudna rather than the principle of land for peace.

The sources claimed that many European governments have shown interest in "flexible" statements by some Hamas leaders lately, including remarks by Syria-based Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to the effect that his movement was prepared to offer Israel a hudna in return for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the entire West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

In another development, Abbas appears to have retracted his threat to dismiss the Hamas-led government and call early elections. Only days after he announced that the talks with Hamas over the formation of a unity government had reached a dead end, Abbas sent a message to Hamas expressing his desire to pursue his efforts to establish a new coalition.

PA Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Eddin Shaer said Wednesday that Abbas’s message was relayed to Hamas through the director of the PA chairman’s bureau, Rafik Husseini.

Shaer said Hamas was prepared to resume the talks with Abbas from the point where they stopped. "We don’t want to go back to square one," he said. "We want to move forward with the talks, not 10 steps backward. All what’s left now is to name the members of the new government."

What a shock to learn that the Democrats are dealing with the most notorious terrorists on the planet.

And what a further shock to learn that somehow the terrorists have ended up with millions of dollars.

(Thanks to Patricko and Amber for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 6th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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