The United Nations on Tuesday appealed to its international donors to supply the Palestinians with $550 million to rebuild the damage caused in Gaza as a result of the recent war with Israel.
The appeal made by the organization is a request for funds for the healthcare and education infrastructure and to reconstruct buildings that were used as Hamas terror bases during the war.
As UN Humanitarian Coordinator James Rawley said in a statement to AFP, “The scope of damage and devastation is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip. The crisis is far from over.”
Unfortunately, Rawley neglected to mention that the numerous schools, Mosques and medical facilities destroyed by Israel in retaliatory strikes against Hamas were destroyed precisely because terrorists used these facilities to store and launch weapons from while simultaneously using Palestinian civilians as human shields.
The issue with a donation of this magnitude, as with any supply of materials sent to Gaza, is the fact that Hamas has proved time and time again that it can’t be trusted.
For example, when Israel allowed large amounts of concrete to be sent to Gaza in order to build schools and hospitals, Hamas appropriated huge amounts to build a dangerous network of elaborate tunnels from their terror bases directly into the Jewish State.
This should not have come as any surprise to the international community since the Hamas Charter openly states that the organizations’ real goal is not the improvement of life for Palestinians, but rather to use all means necessary to obliterate their neighbor, Israel, as well as Jewish people around the world.
PA Deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Mustafa told the AP, “Some of the donating countries are worried about the conditions on the ground; the reconstruction won’t occur as long as the Palestinian Authority doesn’t receive control over all aspects of life in the Gaza Strip.”
The issue is that there is no way of earmarking those funds to the PA and not to the terror network of Hamas which will use them to build rockets and not to build schools.
As it stands, reports have already surfaced that Hamas is working tirelessly to fix up the terror tunnels which Israel destroyed during Operation Protective Edge recently. Only yesterday, Islamic Jihad showed al-Jazeera tunnels it claimed were under construction.
Mustafa and Rawley, it seems, are trying to pull the wool over the world’s eyes as they said that they “challenge the world to be ambitious and daring in helping us realize recovery, reconstruction and a better future for Gaza. An immediate measure is to end the blockade on Gaza and ensure our people never again experience the horrors of this summer.”
That statement ignores the real source of the Palestinian people’s suffering in Gaza, which is the war that Hamas waged on Israel, forcing the Jewish State to retaliate and thereby kill Palestinian civilians.
If the “blockade” is lifted by Israel, there is no doubt Hamas would amass huge stocks of weapons in order to try and carry out its goal of annihilating the Jewish people and replacing their country with a country called “Palestine.”
It remains to be seen whether the international community will do the right thing and insist that Hamas be replaced by the PA in Gaza, or whether they will take part in helping Hamas achieve its goal of destroying Israel and its population.