Interviewed by the Jerusalem Post, a PA official responsible for disbursing terror stipends to Palestinian prisoners and their families spun the payments as positive for the West Bank.
“This assistance has never encouraged terrorism, the opposite is true,” said Issa Qaraqe, head of the commission for detainees and ex-detainees, who holds the rank of minister in the Palestinian Authority. “This social and humanitarian assistance creates a kind of stability in the Palestinian society. Cutting the assistance is what will lead to extremism.”
This comment by Mr Qaraqe is quite simply ‘qaraqers’. It’s typical of the Alician world inhabited by his ilk. Indeed, there are so many Mad Hatters in the topsy-turvy world of the West Bank and Gaza that darling Alice would have felt quite at home. With this kind of cultural obtuseness, Middle East peace is not a rabbit that can pulled out of the hat. There is no rabbit, and there is no hat.