Hamas Ministers Eat Beans’ Sandwiches at Their First Meeting
|Sunday, April 9,2006 00:00|
The news story should in fact be added to the news, reported a couple of days earlier, that Hamas-based Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya had refused the promotion of his son, recommended by his chief before the formation of the Hamas government, to the post of a director at the agency where he works.
It is a message to every head of Arab State or government -and in fact far beyond- that there are honest people who do not profit from their seats of government to make personal gains and that their ultimate and most sublime objective is to gain the pleasure of God.
Knowledgeable sources have revealed that the Palestinian government, which held its first meeting on Wednesday, 5 April 2006, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Ismail Haneyya, had a meal consisting of sandwiches of beans, chick-peas and ‘falafel’.
The first cabinet meeting was held via a closed video link (video conferencing) between the cities of Ramallah and Gaza because of the refusal by occupation authorities to allow Palestinian ministers to move between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
It is worth mentioning that the Hamas movement, which came to power on the basis of its Program for Change and Reform, had been an outspoken critic of the absence of transparency in government institutions and pledged itself to eradicating nepotism as well as recruitment and promotion based on factors alien to efficiency and qualifications.