Det är känt sedan tidigare att Mahmoud Abbas och hans palestinska myndighet avlönar dömda terrorister i israeliska fängelser. De fångar som nyligen släpptes i utbyte mot Gilad Shalit har Abbas lovat att belöna med rena pengar, men de ska även få hus byggda(!).
Evelyn Gordon på Commentary Magazine har räknat på hur stor kostnaden blir för detta:
In their letter to Dodaro last week, Congressmen Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Steve Israel (D-NY) voiced concern over Abbas’s recently announced plans to build new homes for each of the 1,027 terrorists freed in exchange for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit and to give them $5,000 cash grants. As the letter correctly noted, many of those freed were convicted of attacks that collectively killed hundreds of Israeli civilians, and paying terrorists is an inappropriate use of U.S. funds.
Nor are the sums involved chump change. The cash grants alone would cost $5.1 million, and the housing would cost much more: If we assume a price of some $40,300 per house (based on the average Palestinian monthly rent of $210 multiplied by Moody’s long-termaverage ratio of sale prices to annual rent), it would total $41 million.
Abbas’s third cash-for-terrorists program: monthly salaries for convicted terrorists still in prison, ranging from roughly $400 to $3,450 depending on the length of the sentence (the longer the sentence –meaning the more heinous the crime – the higher the salary).
Multiplying the midpoint of this sliding scale ($1,925) by some 4,200 prisoners (B’Tselem’s figure from the end of August minus those included in the Shalit deal), this comes to $8.1 million a month, or $97 million a year – without including the program’s additional costly benefits, such as free health insurance and university tuition for released prisoners who served at least five years (three for women).
Altogether, therefore, Abbas plans to lavish hundreds of millions of dollars in aid money on terrorists.
Men detta är inte den stora utgiftsposten för palestinska myndigheten. Gordon fortsätter:
But all this, outrageous though it is, isn’t where the real money lies. The real money, according to Store’s data, is what the PA spends on subsidizing Hamas. Specifically, the PA has spent more than $4 billion since 2008 – over half the international aid it received – to pay salaries for government employees in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and cover Gaza’s water and electricity bills.
Of course, paying teachers and doctors and providing water and electricity are worthy humanitarian goals. But money is fungible. Thus, by relieving the Hamas government of any need to provide such services itself, this international aid enables it to use the tax revenues it collects for less benign purposes, like acquiring the latest high-tech weapons looted from Libya.
Nu vet vi mer hur detta bistånd i sin tur fördelas: I fickan på dömda terrorister, till hus för dömda terrorister och till Hamas så de kan lägga pengar på annat.