He begins by remarking upon the extremely old news about Salam Fayyad's resignation, and how bothered he is that people seem to think no other Palestinians will do the work as well as Fayyad:
"I find this highly insulting and assume Dr. Fayyad would as well. It is certainly galling to hear the assumption that in a country of over four million people, only one such man exists. The question that I should be asked instead is why there are not more such people stepping up for this job. In most other countries, political leaders strive to reach the prime ministry. But not in Palestine."Okay, so there is a crisis of leadership? After all, if you think that there is more than one person who can do just as well as Fayyad, name one. Go on, I'll wait. But of course Zahi doesn't, instead he gets to the real point of his article, complaining, as if you'd expect a Palestinian blogger to do literally anything else. He whines that South Sudan wasn't required to get their act together as a state (forgetting that South Sudan isn't currently pursuing genocidal war against a neighbor) and that nobody is stepping in to prop up the welfare state of "Palestine." After declaring that such organizations as the World Bank have declared "Palestine" ready for statehood, he launches into this:
"Instead, the international community and Israel undermined the work of Dr. Fayyad. Promise after promise of the needed financial support went undelivered by the European Union, Arab countries, and the United States. Civil servants (the Palestinian National Authority is the largest employer in the West Bank) went unpaid for months. Further, the United States, the largest donor to the Palestinian National Authority, cut off funding topunish [sic] Palestinians and please lobby groups in the United States, for example for seeking our right to membership at the United Nations. The effects of such actions on the Palestinian economy have been devastating."There is so much to say about this one paragraph.
Most notably, why is the European Union, Arab countries, and the USA required to pay the salaries of Palestinian civil servants? A minute ago you were saying that you were ready for statehood, and now you are whinging and whining that you can't even afford to pay your own government employees? How does that work that? If you are so strong and independent then start acting like it and get off the dole! Zahi sounds like a teenager living in his parents' basement. Yes, we will help you because the alternative is you go nuts and start murdering people, but that doesn't mean that eventually we won't kick you out and ask you to get a job. So don't get too big for your britches: we are doing you a favor, and the Palestinians haven't exactly been grateful for what we have been giving them. Let's not forget that you use our money to pay terrorists a salary and for anti-American propaganda, either.
Secondly, you have no right to membership at the UN. I've read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights many times and never have I seen anywhere in it that there is some kind of "right" to membership at the United Nations. It's nice to see that Zahi is carrying on the proud Palestinian tradition of, if you want something, declaring it a "human right" and stomping upon anywhere who dares to disagree with you.
But the truth is that, as MJ Rosenberg enjoys telling us, it's America's tax dollars that are in question here. It's our money, we can use it however the hell we want. And if the Palestinians decide to go and tell us to (as MJ Rosenberg would say) "drop dead" by breaking their promises to us and going to the UN, then it's fair game for us to turn around and cut them off. Oh, now your economy is "devastated?" Maybe you should have thought through the consequences of your actions before deciding to give the finger to the most powerful state in the world and the region. If you're looking for sympathy, you are looking in the wrong place.
Let's let Zahi conclude with the most classic Palestinian talking point of all: that all of my problems are someone else's fault:
"There is, in fact, a crisis of leadership in Palestine, but it's not within the Palestinian leadership. It lies instead with Israel and an international community that too frequently disregards Israel's occupation, discriminatory laws, and illegal settlement of the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The United States and the Europeans have completely failed us. With Fayyad gone, perhaps they are beginning to regret the policies that hastened his exit."Cry baby cry. That's about what we have come to expect from the Palestinians. Gone is the bravado that the World Bank and all those other NGOs have declared them ready for statehood. And I would also say gone is the willingness to take responsibility for one's own future, except that I know that it was never there to begin with.
Fortunately the readership of the Huffington Post wasn't fooled. Check out some of the top favorited comments:
Perhaps the backlash is finally underway.