Obama is giving 20.3 million bucks to Hamas! Whoa! That is a ton of bullets and rockets that the terrorists can fire back at the Israelis. I know that the money is really supposed to be used for humanitarian purposes. And I hope that some of it will get to the innocent people in Palestine.
But to trust that Hamas will not use some of the money to increase their arsenal is hard to believe. Hamas has already been caught hijacking aid shipments to the needy people in Gaza. So what do you think that they will do with 20 million dollars? I just don't agree with doing business with thugs like Hamas. And Hamas is the big dog in Palestine calling the shots. Literally.
02/04/09 "Hamas police raided an UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency) warehouse in Gaza Tuesday evening, stealing thousands of blankets and hundreds of food parcels from local staff at gunpoint." I just read that story in the news this morning."Hamas police grabbed 3,500 blankets and 407 food parcels, according to Gunness, who said his staff was present at the time of the heist. "We were there, and we tried to stop them, but they were armed and we were not," he said." Like I said, Hamas is nothing but a gang of terrorist thugs. I think its a sure bet that some of that money will fall into Hamas hands to be used against Israel.
THE WHITE HOUSEOffice of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 2, 2009January 27, 2009Presidential DeterminationNo. 2009-15 MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF STATESUBJECT: Unexpected Urgent Refugee and MigrationNeeds Related to GazaBy the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, including section 2(c)(1) of the Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962 (the "Act"), as amended (22 U.S.C. 2601), I hereby determine, pursuant to section 2(c)(1) of the Act, that it is important to the national interest to furnish assistance under the Act in an amount not to exceed $20.3 million from the United States Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund for the purpose of meeting unexpected and urgent refugee and migration needs, including by contributions to international, governmental, and nongovernmental organizations and payment of administrative expenses of the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration of the Department of State, related to humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.You are authorized and directed to publish this memorandum in the Federal Register.BARACK OBAMA