With the United States taking a tough line toward the emerging coalition, Palestinians hope Europe will be the first to cancel the cutoff of foreign aid that has led to widespread hardships. Diplomats who met with President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday indicated that could happen.
After meeting Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy indicated formation of such a government could lead to resumption of assistance. He welcomed a document which supposedly "implicitly" recognizes Israel, which is to serve as the basis for the coalition, although analysis of the document reveals no such recognition and instead calls for condtions that would lead to destruction of the Jewish State.
Sep 15, 2006
Of course they will
European diplomats make noises about lifting economic sanctions against Hamas.