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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Japan Helping Out Palestine

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(Daily Times) "Japan wants to see a peaceful co-existence of two independent states in line with the (Middle East Peace) Road Map and we will give our utmost support," [Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro] Koizumi told a joint news conference with Abbas following their meeting.

Japan has already given $760 million towards Palestine since 1993 and has pledged an additional $100 million as well as an extra $60 million in special needs since Arafat's death. Koizumi continues to praise Abbas for "fighting terrorism" despite the fact that his security forces have done little to confront the roaming armed gangs, mainly because of their popularity with the people of Palestine.

An Abbas aide last week openly mulled the idea of postponing a July legislative election amid fears in the Palestinians' ruling Fatah party that Hamas could capitalize on recent local poll successes. Israel has said a Hamas victory could make it re-think its planned pullout from the Gaza Strip. "July 17 parliamentary elections will go ahead as planned," Abbas told the Japan’s Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

If Abbas loses these elections, Japan may be forced into supporting a state legally run by terrorists, collapsing all current talks with Israel (as if they have enough to worry about). Hopefully either Hammas will disarm (probably unlikely) or Abbas will win the elections making Japan's gift somewhat worthwhile. In either case, all will be decided by the Palestinians who vote for their governmental leadership on July 17th.

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