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Is Norway a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

While I ask that with tongue in cheek, the question really is not so far-fetched, according to the latest report from the inestimable Palestinian Media Watch:

Recently, Palestinian Media Watch reported that Norway’s Foreign Minister, Espen Barth Eide, admitted that the Foreign Ministry had given Parliament “imprecise” information “obtained from the PA” and from PM Salam Fayyad, denying the PA’s use of donor money to pay salaries to security prisoners imprisoned in Israel, among them terrorists.

PMW exposed these salary payments for the first time in 2011, but Norway’s Foreign Minister had told Parliament that these payments were social welfare to the families, based on the false information supplied by the PA… MP Anders Anundsen, the Head of the Parliamentary Committee on Scrutiny and Constitutional Affairs, stated to NRK TV that he was not satisfied with the Foreign Minister’s answer, specifically questioning when the Foreign Minister became aware that it had passed on false information from the PA to Parliament.

Norway is emblematic of a larger problem. Throwing money at the Palestinians is not synonymous with either progress or justice. Quite the contrary, any money donated to the Palestinian Authority under such circumstances is counterproductive. While there is a cult of admiration surrounding Fayyad in Western diplomatic circles because of his emphasis on economic development in the West Bank, that money is fungible means that any aid and assistance given to the Palestinian Authority is counterproductive until it renounces terrorism completely, not only in rhetoric but also in deed. While I personally support a two-state solution, with an independent Palestinian state in much of the West Bank and Gaza living in peace alongside Israel as a Jewish state, such an outcome is simply an idealistic dream until there is a fundamental change in Palestinian culture.

Here, the United States and more broadly the West has leverage. Terrorism should be a black-and-white issue. There should be no money donated to the Palestinian Authority—or any other country embracing terrorists—until they shun rather than lionize terrorists. Despite what Turkey, Norway, Egypt, or Qatar may think, sympathy to the cause does not make terrorism legitimate. Certainly, U.S. taxpayer money should never be an entitlement to a terror-embracing regime.


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