Ehud Olmert was recently telling Israelis (but now seems to have stopped) that he's going to spend his four days in Washington next week asking Bush for $12-ish billion to help Israel pay for the "convergence" plan. That's the latest fancy name for Israel's ongoing surrender to Palestinian terrorism.
Call it "Land for Nothing." It's about as wise a strategy as the Underpants Gnomes' business plan, and has the added benefit of being more honest than the now-defunct "Land for Peace".
The $12 billion Olmert wants comes on top of $2 billion that the US promised for the Gaza disengagement, which comes to about $200,000 for each Israeli man, woman and child who was evicted by Sharon and Olmert from Gaza. It seems a rather steep price, considering how poorly many Gaza evacuees are faring; how much of the money made its way to the affected people? On that scale, the proposed $12 billion request would pay for making 60,000 Jews' homes Judenrein. Great.
The delicious thing is that the State Department's Stephen Hadley, one of Condi Rice's right-hand-men, was recently insisting to an American Jewish audience that Bush and Olmert will not discuss Olmert's "convergence" plan. This appears to be part of a concerted and frantic White House effort to head off any requests for money
at the pass before Olmert even gets here. For domestic political reasons, Bush's advisors calculate that he can't afford to ask Congress for the money to fund the "final solution" for Israel that they,
in large part, conceived! (Not to deny a certain recent Israeli talent for self-destructive strategies).
In fact, that $2 billion mentioned above to help Israel pay for the Gaza withdrawal? Israel hasn't seen a dime of it yet, it's all empty promises and negotiations. If Uncle Sugar ever does
cough up, I don't think much of it will go to the people who lost their homes, either. Recent history is telling: the State's dealings with the evacuees are carried out in bad faith.
They're inconvenient people. Inconvenient people who have a nasty habit of rallying the population to their cause against the Israeli and international elites, creating embarrassing scenes on TV, and worst of all, they're religious Jews, and therefore basically scum according to the secular leftists who run Israeli government today.
How I wish Bush and Olmert were planning on discussing serious problems like Iran, instead of non-pressing ones like "how can we kick more Jews out of their homes?" More:
On Monday, the White House said in a statement that Bush would meet with Olmert on May 23 and that Bush "looks forward to discussing with the prime minister the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Israel as well as a wide range of regional and international issues."
The visit will be Olmert's first trip overseas since his centrist Kadima party won the March 28 general elections.
Earlier, Olmert said that the aim of his meeting with Bush would be to secure international support for more pullouts from the West Bank, including financial assistance.
Olmert has vowed to set Israel's final borders by 2010 and that the convergence plan will be his government's priority, under which Israel will quit isolated settlements in the West Bank but keep bigger ones with or without the Palestinians' agreement.
To secure more international support for more pullouts. Wow. Why am I reminded of Bumfights?
"I'll give you a stale donut to pull your own teeth with a pair of pliers." Olmert: "OK."