‘Technocrat’

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Photo above: Albert Speer after his arrest by Allied Forces in 1945. Speer was “Minister of Armaments and War Production for the Third Reich.”

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Palestinian Authority Designed New Hamas-Backed Gov’t Around ‘Loopholes’ to Keep U.S. Foreign Aid Coming, Rep. Says:

A Washington Post report last week said the Obama administration had helped the Palestinian Authority design the outlines of the government allowing it “to skirt, barely, U.S. prohibitions on aid to a Palestinian government that has ‘undue’ Hamas presence or influence.”

According to the Post report, the administration “worked behind the scenes to suggest terms for the new coalition government that would not trigger the U.S. ban, reasoning that the money helps preserve American leverage.”

“We have closely scrutinized the new government ministers and the process by which President Abbas selected the government,” a U.S. State Department official told TheBlaze.

The official declined to provide details on diplomatic discussions but said: “Based on our analysis to date, President Abbas has formed an interim technocratic government that does not include any ministers affiliated with Hamas and in which Hamas plays no role.”

“In fact, most of the key cabinet positions – including the prime minister, the two deputy prime ministers, and the finance minister – are the same as in the prior government,” the official said. “They are all technocrats unaffiliated with any political party and are tasked primarily for facilitating new elections. Thus, based on the fact that Hamas is not in the government and based on assurances from President Abbas that the government affirms the Quartet principles, we are willing to work with this government at this time.”

The official said the U.S. will monitor and judge the new government by its actions and policies.

Despite Israel’s expressions of disappointment in the U.S. stance, Israel itself continues to pay out tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority.

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