I see Gordon Brown has given the Palestinians £30,000,000 of British taxpayers’ money to the Palestinian Authority to assist in ‘rebuilding’ their neighbourhoods. He has also offered that Britain will train the Palestinian police force, and that he will host an ‘investment conference’ for them in London.
One or two questions arise. Why thirty million pounds? Why Palestine? And why now? At a time when oil prices have never been so high, what is our Prime Minister doing offering British financial aid and assistance to Palestine? What does he think the reaction of the Arab states will be to this?
If that wasn’t enough, Mr Brown has also aggravated the Israelis by criticising their policy of building settlements on disputed land. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said at a press conference. “You criticised our settlement policy, and I tried to explain to you the restraints that we put on ourselves on the one hand, and the need to keep the pace of life going on the other. While you disagree with us I hope you understand the position of Israel.” It remains to be seen what pearls of Wisdom Mr Brown will have for the Israeli Parliament – the Knesset – when he addresses them on Monday.
Well done Gordon – another stroke of genius.