Professor Krauss on Issue of Aid to Palestinians

On the heels of simultaneous announcements by the U.S. that direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority would end, while aid through the UN and other agencies would actually increase by 57%, Professor Michael I. Krauss and cowriter J. Peter Pham argue in a TCS Daily article that the actions of the world community provide no incentive for the Palestinians to modify their hard line positions.

Spare the Rod, Spoil the Peace, TCS Daily, April 28, 2006. By J. Peter Pham and Michael I. Krauss.

"An entrenched Hamas regime runs counter to the precondition for success in our project of transforming the region, i.e., the renunciation of violence followed by the adoption of democratic processes. Ever-increasing sanctions might anger the Palestinian populace, but would also lead them to see that their vicious choice was a costly one. Maybe upon reflection they will realize that a terrorist leadership, rather than bringing them any closer to their dream of a viable state, will turn back the clock. Only when both the voters and leaders are willing to face the reality that any Palestinian state must recognize and live in peace alongside Israel can peace be possible."

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