Friday, August 10, 2007
Ooops, Israel Pays Hamas Leaders Back Pay
Error or corruption? Salam Fayyad's Palestinian government transferred to Hamas payments for 3,500 of its executive members, despite ruptures in the relationship between the two factions since the Hamas revolt in Gaza. At the beginning they claimed that it was an IT error, but after an enquiry a Treasury director was stopped for collaboration with Hamas. Some of these funds were released by Israel as part of the good will gestures shown towards Mahmoud Abbas.