"Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz decided on Thursday, in accordance to defense establishment recommendations, to allow the transfer of weapons and ammunition from Israel to supporters of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. The amount of weapons to be transferred was limited, and came out of concern for Abbas' life and position at the head of the PA, security officials said.While I can in some way understand Isreal's desire to support a group of people in contention against a terrorist organization, they are by these very actions, putting weapons into the hands of people who ALSO want to kill Isrealis. It is exactly like how we armed and SAVED Russia from Germany during WW2, who then turned around and used those same armaments to try and kill us.
Sources in the Likud were quick to condemn the decision. "Whoever gives weapons to the [Palestinian] Authority gives legitimacy to the rest of the world to transfer money to the PA," said MK Yuval Steinitz."
Does Isreal really believe that the Fatah party will be friends with Isreal once they have MORE weapons?!?! Is Isreal trying to push the palestinian people into a civil war?
Update: Now in January 2007, the USA is paying, training, and supporting (in the form of money and armaments) Abbas and his Fatah party in its effort to assert control over Palestine.