have been imposed on the Palestinian people since Hamas' victory in the
elections early this year. Since then, the US and Western Europe,
the so-called advocators of democracy in the Middle East, with full Israeli
instigation, have engaged in a policy of regime change aimed at ousting
Hamas, the newly and democratically elected government from power.
message addressed to Palestinians and the Arab world is loud and clear:
you do as we tell you or else you will suffer. A peculiar brand
of democracy clumsily disguised for a total hegemony of the west on the
Middle East. Hence, sanctions have been imposed aimed at crippling
the newly elected government and bringing to its knees.
of this comes as no surprise to the average Arab citizen who never believes
for a moment, that these western shenanigans are directed at helping the
what was not expected in this charade was the treacherous attitude of the
so-called moderate Arab countries who were, and still are, doing the Israeli
bidding of strangulating the Palestinians. At the head of this sinister
cabal, unfortunately, is Egypt's Mubarak followed by Jordan
and Saudi Arabia. These countries have engaged in shameless attempts at
endorsing Mahmuwd `Abbas and shoring up his Fatah
party, at the expense of the elected Hamas.
Israel imprisons the Palestinians legislators and kills their activists
by the hundreds, amazingly Egypt, by holding the Palestinian people hostage,
is becoming de facto a surrogate jailer on behalf of the Israeli occupiers.
Furthermore, in pursuing this path, the Egyptians have engaged in "arm
twisting" tactics in order to extract from the Palestinians utter submission
to Western and Israeli demands.
the average Arab citizens in these countries is never given the true picture
of this treacherous behavior. Quite to the contrary, "moderate" Arab government
controlled newspapers, are always falsely projecting the idea that their
rulers are fully behind the struggle of the Palestinians and their welfare.
these sanctions have lasted since the Hamas ascendancy to power, only now
we learn that the Arabs and the Arab league are ending their boycott and
are lifting their imposed sanctions on the Palestinians! For anyone
with a grain of a brain can clearly see how these countries were all along
engaged in humbling the Palestinians. Was this done in the spirit of brotherhood
upholding the plight of Palestinians as they preached? Hardly.
few days ago, the Egyptian authority intercepted a Palestinian legislator
carrying some 2 million Euros from private donations, and for awhile prevented
him from entering Gaza with the money. In fact they out rightly confiscated
the money, but later changed their mind.
wonders what was the reason behind this sudden change of heart?
we now learn the reason: Iran has just donated USD 120 million to
the Palestinian Hamas-led government and has said it is ready to give more.
Suddenly the prospect of losing further influence to the Iranians among
Palestinians dictated a different approach.
the bulk of aid money given to Hamas is usually smuggled through the many
secret tunnels dug under the Philadelphi corridor, why then the big fuss?
It is well known that Hamas occasionally, and on purpose, directs its money
transfers via emissaries in the open, through the Rafah crossing. This
is in anticipation of the Egyptian government's knee-jerk reaction in intercepting
the funds. As usual, the Egyptians never fail to fall in the same
trap again and again. Hamas' intended action is solely aimed at embarrassing
the Egyptian authority in the eyes of the Arab street.
this date, the Egyptian and Jordanians banks in Gaza and the West bank
are enforcing, at the behest of the US, an ironclad boycott and are adamant
at transferring badly needed funds to the beleaguered Palestinians.
Now that the Hamas government has succeeded in taping new financial sources
to meet its needs, the Egyptian authority has suddenly awaken to an unpleasant
situation where it has been outsmarted and its control effectively
Mubarak seems not to get is that openly declaring monies by Palestinian
officials at Rafah crossing, are purposely designed at embarrassing
and exposing Egyptian efforts, or the lack thereof, in the eyes of the
Arab street. Meanwhile, at each intercept, Egyptians are taken aback
by surprise. Their bewilderment never ceases. Hitherto, they have been
scratching their heads trying to figure out how these funds are been channeled
to the Palestinians from Egypt in the first place.
Palestinian emissaries are thoroughly searched upon their entrance into
Egypt, the question is: how do these funds/donations keep popping up in
Egypt before they are either declared at the Rafah customs or even
smuggled through secret tunnels to Gaza? This is the 64 thousand
dollar question, meanwhile the mystery remains unsolved.
last summer, when Israel demonstrated its inability to defeat Hizb
Ullah, Egyptian influence in the region and towards the Palestinians in
particular, has sunk to its lowest level in many decades.
diplomatic inertia and the lack of effectiveness of his current policies
are been daily uncovered. Case in point: "the never ending saga of
the Palestinian national unity government", the failure to solve the prisoners
swap, despite the wishful thinking expressed by Egyptian officials. Each
day brings us more deception and confusion.
latest and most laughable aspect of this whole affair was Mubarak's
reservations in selecting Dr. Shabiyr as the new prime minister
to head the proposed Palestinian national unity government. In response,
the Palestinians disgusted by Mubarak unfortunate meddling, have finally
wised up by expressing their utter indifference to Mubarak's silly
objections. One can gauge the extent of the marginalizing and dismal failure
of his policies by the example of Mr. Mish`al, the de facto head of the
Hamas organization in Damascus, who has totally ignored the repeated invitations,
or better yet, "summons" to come to Cairo for consultations. Mish`al knows
all too well not to fall into the trap laid for him, as his own security
would be seriously compromised. In the eyes of the Palestinians and
even the Egyptians themselves, Mubarak's Middle East diplomacy has lost