King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia met with Palestinian Authority (PA) president Mahmoud Abbas Saturday at a Red Sea resort and said he is transferring to the PA $46 million. The amount is one half of the country's annual commitment.
There were no reports on whether any part of the money would be funneled to Hamas elements. The United States has threatened sanctions against anyone funneling money that ends up in the coffers of the Hamas-led legislature.
Saudi Arabia also has pledged to the PA 250 million dollars for reconstruction.
The United Nations Security Council on Sunday night called for an end to violence in the Middle East, after Israel killed dozens of civilians in the town of Qana, but under US pressure did not condemn the action and fell short of calls for an immediate halt to the fighting.Seriously, just put a sock in it, Kofi.
The decision came despite calls by Kofi Annan, the UN secretary-general, for an immediate cessation of hostilities. He warned ambassadors that they faced "a moment of extreme gravity . . . for the authority of this organisation".
France tabled a draft UN resolution calling for "an immediate cessation of hostilities" and expressing the Security Council's readiness to authorise an international force, under chapter 7 of the UN charter.Tabled? Does that mean they raised it, or buried it? It can mean either, right?
"We weren't ready for this. I don't think it has sunk in yet for anyone. Any minute it's all going to pour out. You see a friend of yours blown to bits. It's the worst feeling you can imagine. I can't understand why a 20-year old has to see something like that," he said. "What happens up there is not human, you can't describe it."Israeli soldiers deal with grief, trauma
But Sgt. Ron Yehushua, 21, of Jerusalem, said there were moments of beauty in war, too.
Despite the brutal carnage he witnessed, he said the image etched most deeply in his mind was that of the Lebanese family he encountered in the midst of battle. He said he shared some of the little food he had with them and handed a young girl a piece of candy.
"That's the bravest thing I did," he said. "I was afraid that in war people lose their humanity, that they become bad. I will carry that memory with me because it reminded me that I am human, and that I am fighting for peace."