March 06, 2009
This Democrat Makes Sense: Tie US Aide To Gilad Shalit Release
Damn good idea.
(IsraelNN.com) United States Congresswoman Shelley Berkley of Nevada has drafted a petition that would tie America's aid to Gaza to the release of kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. The petition will be sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.I hope this gains steam. Hamas has used Shalit as a bargaining chip long enough. Put the ball in their court and show what bastages they are.
The petition also calls to suspend the aid payments until Hamas-run Gaza stops targeting Israeli civilians with frequent rocket attacks.
Clinton pledged $900 million in U.S. aid at a donors' conference in Egypt earlier this week. One-third of the money, $300 million, will go to Gaza, while the remaining $600 million is intended for the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria.