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Hamas splashes out

20 October 2011

12:36 PM

20 October 2011

12:36 PM

There are many questions arising from the prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas, not
least whether it opens the door to a more lasting deal in future. But one question that deserves more attention than it will get, and ought to concern European policymakers, is where
international aid is going. Take this little snippet from Reuters:

"Palestinians freed by Israel in a trade for soldier Gilad Shalit took their morning exercise on Wednesday around a luxury swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean, instead of
circling the prison yard as they have done for long years inside.

There was none of the usual breakfast-room free-for-all at Gaza’s 4-star Al-Mashtal beach front hotel. The 105 special guests, looking a little uncertain, lined up obediently to shuffle
around the breakfast bar one by one, canteen-style."

And all this courtesy of Hamas, which footed the $600,000 bill. Little wonder if some people ask whether European governments should stop sending funds to the territory altogether.

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