Israel Minister of Defense Ehud Barak has approved the transfer 72 mil. NIS to the Palestinian Authority to pay salaries of public officials and civil servants in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, The Jerusalem Post Reported on Wednesday

PA Prime Minister Salaam Fayad requested the funding in the framework of the still existent Mecca accord from June, 2007, which mandates funding and resources cooperation between Hamas and Fatah. Israel is allocating these funds despite the July 27th report by Shin Bet [GSS] director Yuval Diskin that Hamas is utilizing the ceasefire in Gaza in order to rearm itself.

“Since the ceasefire began, four tons of explosives have entered the Strip, as well as 50 anti-tank missiles, light arms, and materials for Qassam manufacture,” he reported.

Furthermore, the transfer by Israel comes in the midst of a ‘cease fire’ that has seen 22 Qassam rockets and mortars fired into Sderot and the western Negev since the ceasefire began June 19. The IDF has yet to respond militarily.

Once again, we cease-they fire.

While Defense Minister Barak aggressively allocates funds for Palestinian salaries in Gaza, The Jerusalem Post reported Thursday, that Barak has confirmed that the Israel Ministry of Defense cannot “foot the bill for fortification” of shelters or protection for homes and of public buildings for the 45 Jewish communities contiguous to Gaza.

Photo: Roy Edan

This occurs at a time when:

*over 4,000 residents of Sderot and the Western Negev are asking the Israeli government for help in building protected rooms in their unprotected private homes.

*over 500 families in Sderot are now fighting the Israel Tax Authority for compensation for the damage to their homes from rocket attacks.

*over 1700 small business near the point of bankruptcy have asked for emergency government allocation.

Over the past two years, the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency for Israel and a plethora of Jewish organizations have been fundraising for “Sderot and the western Negev”. The Israeli government has gone so far as to organize concerts to raise funds for the region. It is therefore surprising that the Israeli government suddenly claims that it does not have sufficient funds to protect and compensate the people of Israel.

Instead, Israel props up a radical Islamic regime that calls for the destruction of the “Zionest entity,” and operates as “Tehran’s third arm,” as it brazenly prepares and promises a new intense missile bombardment of Sderot and the Western Negev.

As the Israel Information Center on Intelligence and Terrorism has assessed:

“Hamas has become stronger… since the disengagement from Gaza, like no other terror militia in the entire world”

This week, as Israel marked three years since the disengagement and removal of all Israeli soldiers and civilians from Jewish communities in Gaza, Israeli intelligence estimated that the smuggling of military weaponry and rocket material has significantly increased. Over the past three years, the Gazan terrorists have smuggled over 222 tons of explosives, 10 million bullets and hundreds of anti-tank missiles.

New intelligence has reported that recently upgraded Grad-type missiles can now reach Ashdod, Kiryat Gat and even Beersheba, putting at least another 250,000 Israeli citizens under the threat of rocket fire.

That makes quite an equation. Add that to the quarter-million Israelis who were under threat before the ceasefire, and the figure comes out to half-a-million Israelis under missile threat. Meanwhile, 72 mil. NIS has been transferred to Hamas-as if that gift will stop the missile attacks.

“Bribery will blind the saintly person” says the tractate of the Talumdic moral code, known as Ethics of the Father.

It is hard to comprehend what bribery does to someone who is less than saintly.

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Noam Bedein is a director of the Sderot Media Center. It is a media advocacy center which portrays the human face of Sderot and southern Israel under siege, to the international media and public. Noam, a native of Tzfat, grew up in Efrat, Israel. After finishing the Beit El Yeshiva High School, Noam learned at a pre-Army training program in the Jordan Valley and then served for three years as an IDF sergeant for an artillery scout unit along the Lebanese border. After the army, Noam served as an emissary for The Jewish Agency in Boston, Massachusetts and then traveled for a year in the Far East. Upon his return to Israel, Noam relocated to Sderot and pioneered the “Sderot Media Center for the Western Negev Ltd", which has spawned the Sderot Media Center. In this position, Noam is a photojournalist, lecturer and gives briefings to foreign government officials, embassies, foreign press and student groups from around the world.


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