Netanyahu urges world to reconsider aid to Gaza

Monday, March 02, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu recently urged world leaders to reconsider pouring financial aid into the Gaza Strip while Hamas and other Palestinian terror groups are still firing rockets at Israel, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Netanyahu expressed those sentiments in meetings with European and US officials leading up to Monday's donors' conference in the Egyptian Sinai resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, where representatives of 80 nations gathered to pledge billions of dollars toward the reconstruction of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

The most prominent attendee at the conference was US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who came to personally pledge $900 million to the Gaza rebuilding efforts.

Israeli officials fear much of the money will ultimately end up in the hands of Hamas, or at best free up Hamas to use its own money to buy more weapons.

Government sources cited by the Post also complained that everyone at the donors' conference is acting as though Hamas rocket attacks on Israel are a thing of the past, when in fact they are continuing on a daily basis.

Certain European officials previously said they were not interested in spending money on new construction in Gaza when ongoing Hamas attacks are only going to lead to another Israeli military response that will just destroy the buildings all over again.

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