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Monday, June 18, 2007


"Government to government" contacts

I won't spend too much time on the latest from the U.S. government, and Condoleezza Rice in particular, on developments in Palestine, but I do want to note one particular comment from Rice:
"The United States would 'resume full assistance to the Palestinian government and normal government to government contacts.'"
Can you really have "normal" government to government contacts when one of those "governments" is an almost entirely unelected body which isn't actually is control of anything, and certainly not of anything remotely resembling a country, or even a colony?

Rice did promise (and you know what that's worth) that the U.S. would contribute $40 million to the U.N. to help Palestinians. Meanwhile, the amount the Israeli government has stolen ("withhheld" is the corporate media euphemism) from Palestine has reached nearly 15 times that amount, $562 million. Not a word from Rice demanding that Israel release that money, although Israel says it's "considering" giving back ("releasing") the money. Not for the first time. The "considering" part. Not the actual "giving back" part.

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