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Israelis Stop Fuel Supply to Palestinians ~ Payback time ...
Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 10, 2006 at 7:6:2 PDT | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Posted on 05/10/2006 9:34:16 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) - The Israeli company that provides fuel to the Palestinian areas is cutting off supplies due to growing debts, Israeli and Palestinian officials said Wednesday, a move that could deepen a humanitarian crisis in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The head of the Palestinian petrol commission, Mujahid Salame, said he expected gasoline supplies to run out by Thursday. "If this happens, there will be a humanitarian crisis," he said.

He said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in touch with American and European diplomats in hopes of pressuring Israel to ensure the flow of fuel to the Palestinian areas.

Dor Energy has been the sole provider of gasoline to the Palestinian areas since interim peace agreements were signed in the mid-1990s. Company officials declined comment.

Salame said the Palestinians owe about $26 million to Dor, but he accused the company of taking a political decision aimed at punishing the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Israel has stopped about $55 million in monthly tax transfers to the Palestinians, demanding that the militant Islamic group renounce violence and recognize the Jewish state. The tax money has been placed in escrow.

Last month, Israel used this money to pay Palestinian debts owed to government-run companies like the Israeli electric company.

But Asaf Shariv, a spokesman for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, said Israel would "absolutely not" bail out the Palestinians this time. Dor has cut off supplies twice before this year - only to be paid at the last minute by the Palestinians.

Israeli economic pressure, along with a cutoff in aid by Western donors, has left the Hamas government unable to pay its bills and thousands of civil servants without salaries.

Western powers agreed Tuesday to restore humanitarian aid to the Palestinian areas, as long as the money doesn't reach Hamas. But it remained unclear when the money will begin flowing.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: israel

1 posted on 05/10/2006 9:34:18 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Get a job and pay your bills.


2 posted on 05/10/2006 9:35:07 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
GOOD! Sod the bloody Palestinians.

Remember 9/11 - on that day, the Israelis dispatched experts to help get survivors out of the rubble. In contrast the Palestinians celebrated. As such, all the latter deserve is the iron fist.

Regards, Ivan

3 posted on 05/10/2006 9:35:37 AM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good, why assist people who are bent on your destruction? A question that should be asked of Bush, by the way.


4 posted on 05/10/2006 9:36:11 AM PDT by piceapungens
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This makes me long for the day when we do the same thing to all the Arabs because we no longer need their oil...

...wishful thinking.


5 posted on 05/10/2006 9:37:57 AM PDT by oldleft
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To: dead

I read that the USA had caved in and is giving the "Eternal Leech" another hand out. Palestinians are the Eternal Leeches, something needs to be done. They are not self supporting, and it looks like they never will be.


6 posted on 05/10/2006 9:40:47 AM PDT by tessalu (t)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
He said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was in touch with American and European diplomats in hopes of pressuring Israel to ensure the flow of fuel to the Palestinian areas.

Does he live in DisneyWorld's FantasyLand!!?? These people are out of their everloving minds!!! And, if I were an Israeli, I would have stopped selling the murderers gas decades ago.
7 posted on 05/10/2006 9:45:07 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: tessalu

The palestinians produce a suplus supply of HATE. They have eat that. And, for fuel, they can use some of that C4 they happen to have so much of -- better take the nails out first before burning it, though.


8 posted on 05/10/2006 9:45:51 AM PDT by Londo Molari
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To: piceapungens

Now cut off their water and electricity.


9 posted on 05/10/2006 9:48:47 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
The head of the Palestinian petrol commission, Mujahid Salame, said he expected gasoline supplies to run out by Thursday. "If this happens, there will be a humanitarian crisis," he said.

Maybe if they'd stop their blood thirsty killing of innocent Israeli's it would help?

Good Israel. If they don't pay, your denial is legitimate. Other nations would do the same thing in the same situation.

10 posted on 05/10/2006 9:51:53 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: tessalu
I read that the USA had caved in and is giving the "Eternal Leech" another hand out. Palestinians are the Eternal Leeches, something needs to be done. They are not self supporting, and it looks like they never will be.

That explains why our American left supports Palestine. Birds of a feather flock together. They have a lot in common.

11 posted on 05/10/2006 9:54:10 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal.")
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To: concerned about politics

Slow death. I hope they suffer greatly.


12 posted on 05/10/2006 9:56:00 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Moonbats are everywhere!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Why don't they get their fuel from Syria, Jordan, or the Saudis?

Oh, because the Syrians, Jordanians, and Saudis know they won't pay.


13 posted on 05/10/2006 10:00:07 AM PDT by angkor
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

(Salame said the Palestinians owe about $26 million to Dor, but he accused the company of taking a political decision.)

Two contradictory statements right there.


14 posted on 05/10/2006 10:03:14 AM PDT by winner3000
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To: tessalu
"They are not self supporting, and it looks like they never will be."

That's what Sir Lawrence (of Arabia) found out after trying so hard to be the Arab's friend and getting them united.

So today, they destroy the prosperous greenhouses left to them by the Israelis when they were forced out. Typical. They only know how to destroy, not coperate like a civilized society.

15 posted on 05/10/2006 10:08:40 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: dead
Don't worry, folks. I am sure that all the Muslims of the world will get together and send you the money you need.

[/SARCASM]

16 posted on 05/10/2006 10:09:04 AM PDT by 50sDad (ST3d: Real Star Trek 3d Chess: http://my.ohio.voyager.net/~abartmes/tactical.htm)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"If this happens, there will be a humanitarian crisis,"

So now Palestine can't survive without Israel. What a joke. Let them starve and die. I guess it wouldn't occur to them to turn to their arab friends that they love so much in Jordan and Syria (both of which used to be part of "Palestine")


17 posted on 05/10/2006 10:12:25 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I notice the words "humanitarion crisis" are being used a lot.

Don't you have to have humans involved?????


18 posted on 05/10/2006 10:19:46 AM PDT by crazycat
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Palistineans, as a race, have nothing going for them. They are completely retarded.


19 posted on 05/10/2006 11:02:02 AM PDT by Catholic Canadian (Formerly Ashamed Canadian - thank you Stephen Harper!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Let their friends pay their bills. See how their arab brothers rush to their aid. Ptui. Bunch of animals.


20 posted on 05/10/2006 11:53:59 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Guess they are going to have to cross ANFO off their IED list.


21 posted on 05/10/2006 11:56:36 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (There are no trophies for winning wars. Only consequences for losing them.)
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To: CougarGA7

Funny, they are only about 100 miles from Saudi Arabia and its oil fields. Wha' happen?


22 posted on 05/10/2006 11:59:28 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

No one sees an irony in that Jews have to supply oil products to Arabs?


23 posted on 05/10/2006 12:00:06 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: AppyPappy

Yeah. Saudi's sell to those who pay their bills I guess.


24 posted on 05/10/2006 12:01:19 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (There are no trophies for winning wars. Only consequences for losing them.)
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To: Sabramerican
No one sees an irony in that Jews have to supply oil products to Arabs?

We do now, and thanks for pointing that out!

25 posted on 05/10/2006 12:26:54 PM PDT by Max in Utah ("Great Wall of America?" I'd settle for "Pretty Good Wall.")
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To: MadIvan

Not all Palestinians celebrated.


26 posted on 05/10/2006 12:59:33 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: conserv13

Obviously they were a minority, insufficient to call their neighbours bastards for daring to celebrate such a tragedy.

Regards, Ivan


27 posted on 05/10/2006 1:01:04 PM PDT by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I'm sure the Arab world will just run with all their oil money to sustain the Palestinians.


28 posted on 05/10/2006 1:04:01 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

With all the oil the Saudi's have Isreal was giving gas to the Pali's 'on-the-arm'?


29 posted on 05/10/2006 1:06:01 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: conserv13
I found the guy who didn't.


30 posted on 05/10/2006 1:14:12 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: DustyMoment
And, if I were an Israeli, I would have stopped selling the murderers gas decades ago.

Israel controls all the borders, they decide what goes in or out. This could be relaxed of course if the Palestinians would stop trying to import bombs and guns.

31 posted on 05/10/2006 1:14:41 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: conserv13

No, you're wrong.

Thanks to Rice, Israel does not control the Rafah Crossing between Gaza and Egypt.

Which begs the question about the "suffering Palestinians" and all their shortages: why doesn't aid come from Egypt?


32 posted on 05/10/2006 1:22:53 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Sabramerican

Israel controls the Israeli side.


33 posted on 05/10/2006 1:51:00 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Let them dry up and blow away like tumble weeds. They are nomadic at heart anyways


34 posted on 05/10/2006 1:52:18 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: Sabramerican

The Egyptians are too busy fighting amongst themselves.


35 posted on 05/10/2006 1:53:58 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: conserv13
Not all Palestinians celebrated.

Not in public anyway.

36 posted on 05/10/2006 2:00:14 PM PDT by Ditto
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To: conserv13

Israel has cameras there. There are Europeans stationed there.

There are articles after articles- many posted here- about all the arms that are being smuggled into Gaza through that crossing.

Why doesn't aid flow there from the Arab World?

We are not dealing here with anything that needs to enter Israel. There is no impediment for goods to flow from Egypt to Gaza. What's the excuse?



37 posted on 05/10/2006 2:01:26 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; ahayes; Alexander Rubin; ...
FRmail me to be added or removed from this Judaic/pro-Israel/Russian Jewry ping list.

Warning! This is a high-volume ping list.

38 posted on 05/10/2006 2:01:55 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 66-68)
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To: Sabramerican
Most other Arabs like the Palestinians about <-> this much more than they like the Jews. I don't know about Abbas, but Arafat stole all the money given to the PA. Hamas I think would at least not steal the money but they'd spend it on killing Israelis. So, nobody wants to give the PA anything.

I do think that they need to have basics like electricity, water, food and fuel though. I think cutting them off from that would be dangerous and cruel.

You're right, though, let someone else pay for it, not us or the Europeans. Let Iran pay.

39 posted on 05/10/2006 2:07:57 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: conserv13

Why does the Arab Israeli conflict dominate the news?

During the Cold War is was said the it could trigger the next World War. But what about now? Why is it of any interest? Why is there a Quartet?

Because it is said that anti American and Western feeling are aroused by the Arab's love and care for the "treatment" of the "Palestinians".

That is proven to be a lie. They hate Israel. But there care not a wit about the "Palestinians".

That's the Arab and Islamic World.

So why does the Western World and the US Administration continue to make it a front burner issue and always at Israel's expense?



40 posted on 05/10/2006 2:19:31 PM PDT by Sabramerican (I thought I was voting for George. I voted for Bandar.)
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To: Sabramerican
I'm not sure, I guess because they couldn't keep going the way they were, with constant war, bombing, killing. I think we've done a pretty good job at being fair to both sides, and we've done the most good possible to end the conflict - only to have Arafat say no. Well, they had their chance and now it looks like the Israelis are going to draw their own borders and we can be done with it. Us being involved there supporting either side after Oslo is dumb.

Israel can take care of itself, so can the Arabs/Palestinians.

41 posted on 05/10/2006 2:25:45 PM PDT by conserv13
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To: 1st-P-In-The-Pod; A_Conservative_in_Cambridge; af_vet_rr; agrace; ahayes; Alexander Rubin; ...
Settlers sell Palestinians fuel
42 posted on 05/10/2006 2:39:09 PM PDT by Alouette (Psalms of the Day: 66-68)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I'm sure the Russians will step in.


43 posted on 05/10/2006 2:39:18 PM PDT by Jaysun (Even with a paddle, shit creek ain't no picnic.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe the Palis can get some cheap oil from their great benefactors over in Iran.

The irony here is striking.


44 posted on 05/10/2006 2:57:58 PM PDT by Radix (Stop domestic violence. Beat abroad.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

The pali's need money to pay for explosives:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1629864/posts


45 posted on 05/10/2006 4:19:20 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Read the bio THE LIFE OF MUHAMMAD free! Click Fred Nerks for link to my Page.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Maybe the Saudis should send the Israelis a $26 million check?</ sarc>


46 posted on 05/10/2006 5:48:46 PM PDT by cookcounty (Army Vet, Army Dad.)
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To: Sabramerican
" No one sees an irony in that Jews have to supply oil products to Arabs? "

Or that none of the oil the Palestinians use comes from Islamic countries?

47 posted on 05/10/2006 5:52:18 PM PDT by cookcounty (Army Vet, Army Dad.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

"thousands of civil servants without salaries"

Those are the Fatah gunmen that keep holding up the PA offices at gunpoint. What a society.


48 posted on 05/10/2006 6:43:03 PM PDT by dervish (Never forget Zion)
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To: Sabramerican
Historically Jews have always produced where Arabs plunder.

Muslims plunder producers.
49 posted on 05/11/2006 4:32:59 AM PDT by BabsC
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