Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hamas Says
They Are Broke

Palestinian women's affairs minister, Dr. Mariam Saleh, attends the first Cabinet meeting of the Islamic group Hamas at the West Bank city of Ramallah, Wednesday April 5 2006. Hamas held its first Cabinet meeting via video conference, with simultaneous sessions taking place in Gaza and the West Bank. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) Pastorius note: Do you think that might have anything to do with the fact that she is a woman? Notice she is the only one at the videoconferenced meeting.

Yes, they just got started and they have already bankrupted the Peaceful State of Palestine:

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - The new Hamas-led government is broke and missed the April 1 monthly pay date for tens of thousands of Palestinian public workers, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Wednesday.

It was the Islamic militants' first admission they will have difficulty running the West Bank and Gaza without massive foreign aid.

Haniyeh offered no solutions to the cash crunch, pledging only to do his best to make up for tens of millions of dollars in aid being withheld by international donors and appealing to the Arab world to send more donations.

The Palestinian Authority is the largest employer in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, providing salaries for 140,000 people that sustain about one-third of the Palestinians. Haniyeh said it was unclear how the government will meet its payroll.

Finance Minister Omar Abdel Razek said he is waiting for $80 million from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

I've got an idea for them How about starting some businesses, and building and creating things. That way people can make money without the government simply having to hand over cash to one-third of the people.

That's friggin' pathetic.