"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)
Monday, January 30, 2006
The US is urging Arab states to continue funding a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority even though Washington is threatening to cut its own aid.
Western diplomats said yesterday the US had already contacted Arab governments that give the Palestinian Authority support and requested them to go on with it.
The US position behind the scenes contrasts with its public position, in which George Bush has said it will cut aid to the Palestinian Authority unless Hamas renounces violence and stops demanding the destruction of Israel.
The US plea to the Arab world is because it does not want the West Bank and Gaza to descend into chaos as a result of choking off aid.
The US also fears that if it stops funding, countries such as Iran or Syria could step into the breach, enhancing their image in the Islamic world just as Washington seeks to isolate them.