June 6, Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas
announced a last-minute cancellation of the next day's
meeting with Ehud Olmert. In
a confidence building measure, supposed to bolster Abbas'
prestige in this very 'face conscious' Middle East,
Olmert was going to take a significant risk to his
personal safety and hold the discussions on Palestinian
territory – in the biblical town of Jericho.
meeting was cancelled by Abbas because – depending on
who you believe – the civil war in the Palestinian
territories meant that Abbas would not get enough
political mileage (Israel's version), or (according to
the Palestinians) because Israel still won't release tax
money to the Palestinians without proper safeguards to
make sure it doesn't finance the murder of more
way, the diplomatic walls aren't tumbling down.
to meet Olmert did not, however, stop new Palestinian
demands. On the day of the cancelled meeting, Abbas'
troops asked Israel to open the borders, allowing Fatah
to breach its signed agreements and import all sorts of
illegal light weapons, tanks and rockets, so that they
can rearm in their civil war against Hamas.
Israeli reluctance is influenced by speculation
as to how long it will take until the weapons are once
again turned against Jewish civilians.
the Fatah leadership of Arafat and then Abbas used
internationally financed budgets to fund and encourage
large-scale arms smuggling through the desert, via the
sea, and by digging a myriad of underground tunnels.
Nourishing the murder of Israeli civilians, Palestinian
security forces were ordered at the time to turn a blind
eye when Hamas, other radical Islamic terrorists and
various gangs joined in. Hamas
were just better at it, and eventually took control of
the smuggling operations. And now Abbas finds himself
for those who wonder what the story of the three bears
has to do with the chaos in Gaza?
Well, the Hebrew version of the idiom "You
made your bed, now you'll have to lie in it" is
"You cooked the porridge, you have to eat it".