The current administration, unlike George W. Bush, does not believe that men are evil. President Obama ran on the notion that he would extend his hand to Iran, and has done so, ignoring evidence of massive cheating, stalling, and manipulation by the Iranians to get nuclear weapons. He tried negotiating with the Taliban. He turned a blind eye to the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, allowed terrorists to murder a U.S. ambassador on the anniversary of 9/11 and placed the blame on a video instead of on the terrorists where it belongs. He took a victory lap on Afghanistan, insisting that we have defeated al Qaeda because, after all, we killed bin Laden.
And now, he is ignoring the addition of Hamas to the Palestinian Authority’s governance of the West Bank.
Within hours of the security cabinet’s decision to reject contact with the Fatah-Hamas administration and to hold Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for terror emanating from the Gaza Strip, the US shocked its close ally by confirming it will support the new cabinet formed in Ramallah.
Got that? The Obama administration will recognize the Palestinian unity government even though Hamas, a designated terrorist group, is now a part of that governement. This, in spite of Hamas insisting they’re going to continue terrorism and violence against Israel, with the ultimate goal of destroying Israel.
Secretary of State John Kerry phoned Netanyahu just moments before US State Department Jen Psaki told reporters at the daily briefing in Washington that, “based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government.”
Psaki said the Obama administration has no intention of cutting off financial aid to the Palestinian Authority, which amounts to roughly $500 million a year – pivotal funding for the cash-strapped organization.
The ministers in the interim Palestinian government “appear to be technocratic,” she said, adding that the US “will be judging this government by its actions.”
The State Department has always turned a blind eye to the terrorism within the PA, but now they’re covering their eyes both hands and insisting they see nothing wrong. Meantime, Hamas has succeeded in reinventing itself. The world will now pretend that the PA does not harbor a terrorist group working actively to destroy Israel.
Hamas is likely following the well-worn and successful path of the militant Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Following the 2007 takeover of Gaza, Qassam Brigade commanders reorganized their loosely structured underground militia into a formal security service with advanced weapons such as missiles, rockets, and even unmanned aerial vehicles. Hamas is now loath to relinquish these military capabilities and is likely trying to negotiate an arrangement in which it retains its arsenal and independent “resistance” militia even as its members participate in the unity government — similar to Lebanon, where Hezbollah ministers serve in government. “Hamas wants to avoid ministerial responsibility for civilian matters,” one unnamed group official recently remarked, “but it wants to maintain its power as a popular-resistance group.”
With the terrorists in the [pretend] background, they will be able to say that the political part of the Palestinian Authority wants peace with Israel–while it’s “military” arm endorses, and acts on, “resistance“–a codeword for terrorism.
“[Hamas Prime Minister] Ismail Haniyeh, told a large crowd of [Hamas] supporters in Rafah earlier yesterday that the reconciliation is meant to unify the Palestinian people against the main enemy, ‘the Zionist enemy,’ and to continue with the option of resistance and resolve.”
I thought that there was nothing left the Obama administration could do to Israel. Clearly, I was wrong. Watch the EU jump on the bandwagon. And watch as Hamas infiltrates the West Bank and launches terror attacks at Israel. They’re already growing more confident. There have been two terror attacks at the same junction in the West Bank in the last four days.
There will be more.
Remember, more than 80 percent of U.S. Jews voted for President Obama. So you have no one to blame but yourselves.