Sweden has decided to reward the good behavior of the Palestinians by lavishing another $209 million on the Palestinian Authority. When you read the story below, it’s important to remember that Carl Bildt is a member of Moderaterna, “the moderates”, as opposed to the Social Democrats, who are the hard-core leftists. The Moderates are indeed more conservative than the Social Democrats, but that puts them just a shade to the right of Angela Davis by American standards.
From today’s Local:
Sweden pledges $209m to Palestinians
Sweden will increase its aid to the Palestinians this year and in 2008 to more than $200 million dollars, the government said on Monday as a large donors’ conference opened in Paris.
Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt said the Scandinavian country would increase its planned aid to the Palestinian people over the next two years by 90 million kronor ($13.7 million) to 1.37 billion ($209 million).
“Sweden is currently one of the single largest donors to the Palestinian people and our ambition is to continue as such in the future as well,” Bildt said in a statement from the conference.
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Ninety international delegations gathered in the French capital for the one-day conference to agree on an aid package to stabilize the Palestinian economy and shore up the peace process with Israel — jumpstarted at a US-sponsored meeting in Annapolis last month.
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas at the conference urged the international community to step up support to the Palestinians or risk a “catastrophe”, as he appealed for $5.6 billion in aid.
If it were almost any other country, I’d assume that the money was being shoveled into the PA to try to prevent a Hamas takeover. But that can’t be the Swedish motivation — the elites in Sweden think that Hamas is just fine. And, if France is any indication, there’s no point in paying protection money.
The Swedes must believe that it’s important to “give till it hurts.”
Hat tip: TB.
Update: Dr. Evil typo corrected. Thanks, JMR.