Hamas' sense of responsibility: sandwiches of beans, chick-peas and ‘falafel’
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’.
It was reported that when the ministers felt hungry at the meeting which lasted from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., the prime minister proposed to bring sandwiches of beans, chick-peas and ‘falafel’, as a practical application of the belt-tightening and expenditure-compression policy of the government.
The proposal was welcomed by all ministers.
This denotes the sense of responsibility that the government has in dealing with public finance at a time when it suffers from a suffocating financial crunch that has cast its shadow on all citizens, the majority of whom have not received their monthly pay and face extremely difficult circumstances as a result of Zionist (Israeli) closures and blockades in Palestine and international pressures on the government formed by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).