Hamas has been hurting for funds after western governments pinned continued financial support on the condition that Hamas recognize Israel's right to exist. The Palestinian sense of entitlement to foreign aid is made jaw-droppingly evident in this statement by former Nablus mayor Bassam Al-Shaqaa:
“These donations are our way of telling the world that we can live without them, and our children are paying what the Europeans should be paying." [emphasis mine --ed.]The left loves to deride the Bush administration for promoting democracy in the Middle East, then undermining democratically-elected governments it finds not to its liking. The reality is that western governments are merely letting the Palestinian people live with the consequences of creating their own monster.
Buddy, can you spare a Timex?