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A new sponsor for Gaza - jt - 01-19-2009

Saudi king donates $US1 billion to rebuild Gaza

Now why would the Saudis want to do this? Or is this a renegade Saudi king acting on his own?


- Palladin - 01-19-2009

Great PR. Why not? Maybe the Gazans with the rebuilding and the IDF and the blockade and Hamas in reality can lead them to go for a better governing alternative anyway.


- ag - 01-20-2009

It is to preserve them as a tool of Arab policy and wean them from becoming a tool of Iranian policy. Sponcors might change, tool and policy probably not.
Quote:"We have to overcome Arab political differences that led to a division in the Arab ranks which can be exploited by those who want to achieve their regional ambitions'' King Abdullah said.
as if the honorable king abdulla dosn't want to achieve his regional ambitions.


- quadrat - 01-20-2009

More Arab nations, organisations, and individuals will donate, probably a couple of billions in the end. Is it not great news the Arabs show solidarity again, and join the resistance against the Jewish agenda to drive the Palestinians away from their own land?


- ghoullio - 01-20-2009

not a bad idea. smuggle some Sunni influence in there as a bulwhark against Iran and Iran's interests. i think our key strategy in the next few months should be to minimize Iran and isolate them as much as possible. If the Whabbis want to donate a million or two and disconnect Iran from its ability to wage proxy war, then it's a good idea.

Israel, however, has to do whatever it takes to keep Hamas from getting re-armed. that is absolutely crucial.


- jt - 01-20-2009

I just heard that Israel is considering letting Egypt enlarge its military presences in the Sinai in order to combat the Hamas smuggling of weapons from Iran. Of course, this violates the treaty the two have together, but could be to mutual advantage, since Egypt is worried about Hamas too.


- ghoullio - 01-20-2009

well, if the Egyprtians are there on the border, this means that they are guarding the smuggling tunnels that have and always will exist in Gaza. is there a chance that any Egyptian soldier would take a shot at a smuggler or terrorist? not likely.


- jt - 01-20-2009

That realistic thought (and the past trustworthiness of Arab promises) will probably deter the Israeli's from making any such deal with the Egyptians.


- quadrat - 01-21-2009

ghoullio Wrote:well, if the Egyprtians are there on the border, this means that they are guarding the smuggling tunnels that have and always will exist in Gaza. is there a chance that any Egyptian soldier would take a shot at a smuggler or terrorist? not likely.
Mubarak is about as old as Mugabe, and certainly not for much longer around. What'll be afterwards? I believe Israel needs a plan B. Like evacuation to the promised land in the new world, or eradication.


- ghoullio - 01-21-2009

well, if that's the scenario then i'd hope they'd take the rest of the Middle East with them.

be a lot easier getting to that oil if it was surrounded by an ocean of glass.


- jt - 01-21-2009

quadrat Wrote:... Mubarak is about as old as Mugabe, and certainly not for much longer around. What'll be afterwards? I believe Israel needs a plan B. Like evacuation to the promised land in the new world, or eradication.
However, Mubarak has his son lined up to succeed him. Does Mugabe have a clear successor?