Obama Legitimizes Morsi’s Protection Racket


Hamas fires 275 rockets at Israel and is rewarded with de facto acceptance as a legitimate negotiating partner in the Middle East peace process, as well as with a relaxation of the Israeli blockade of the Gaza coast. Israel is prevented from exacting a price for Hamas’ actions sufficient to deter future attacks or degrade Hamas’ capabilities. In one stroke, the Obama administration has overturned thirty years of American policy, which rejected negotiations with Hamas and other terrorist organizations. Secretary of State Clinton, to be sure, did not negotiate directly with Hamas, but rather with Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi, who supported Hamas unequivocally and encouraged its attacks on Israel. Morsi is the leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, of which Hamas is the Palestinian chapter. It is astonishing that American officials and the world media have hailed Morsi simply because he first sicced his dog on his neighbor, and then called the dog off.

As the Associated Press put it:

“The accord inserts Egypt to an unprecedented degree into the conflict between Israel and Hamas, establishing it as the arbiter ensuring that militant rocket fire into Israel stops and that Israel allows the opening of the long-blockaded Gaza Strip and stops its own attacks against Hamas. In return, Morsi emerged as a major regional player. He won the trust of the United States and Israel, which once worried over the rise of an Islamist leader in Egypt but throughout the week-long Gaza crisis saw him as the figure most able to deliver a deal with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.”

It is a misstatement of huge proportions to suggest that Morsi “won the trust of Israel.” On the contrary: American pressure prevented Israel from degrading Hamas’ terror capabilities.

When Hamas cranked up its rocket barrage against Israel ten days ago, numerous analysts asked: Why now? In retrospect, the answer appears obvious: Because Barack Obama had been re-elected and had a free hand. From February 2011, when National Intelligence Director James Clapper praised the Muslim Brotherhood as a “largely secular” organization, the White House has made clear that it believes that the Brotherhood represents the wave of the future in the Middle East. American backing for Morsi was nearly derailed in September when the Egyptian president failed to provide security for America’s embassy in Cairo during riots that followed the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi. That affront has been forgotten amidst the accolades.

America’s traditional allies in the region, notably Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States (notably excepting Qatar) viewed Morsi as an enemy. Almost out of cash and suffering from extreme shortages of fuel and other essential items, Morsi failed to obtain financial support from the Saudis. With a current account deficit of perhaps $1.5 billion a month, Egypt was running on fumes and small handouts from Qatar and Turkey. A number of American commentators suggested that Morsi was motivated to act moderately because he needed Saudi and American help to prevent economic catastrophe. Precisely the opposite is true: the only way Morsi could shake down the Saudis for significant sums was to threaten a regional blowup.

Morsi read the American political landscape accurately. He perceived that the White House was so deeply invested in the success of the Muslim Brotherhood that it would respond to a crisis provoked by Hamas by splitting the result down the middle, giving Hamas sufficient concessions to allow the terrorist group to declare victory. He also understood the implications of Mitt Romney’s supine performance during the third presidential debate on foreign policy. The Republican party continues to drag around the chains of the Bush foreign policy like Marley’s ghost, and will offer no opposition to Obama. Influential Republicans, moreover, are so invested in the notion of Islamist democracy that many of them will go along with Obama in supporting Morsi’s protection racket. Bill Kristol, for example, opined in the Weekly Standard’s weekly podcast that Morsi has “behaved somewhat responsibly” and that the ceasefire, although it might last only a few months, was “better than nothing.”

Turkey’s Islamist prime minister Tayyip Erdogan had another motive for backing Hamas. Turkey views the prospect of Syrian disintegration and the spinoff of an autonomous zone for Syria’s two million Kurds as an existential threat. At current trends, half of Turkey’s military-age population will come from Kudrish-speaking households within a generation, and a Syrian precedent for Kurdish autonomy threatens the integrity of the Kurdish state. Erdogan is counting on the Muslim Brotherhood to rule a unified Sunni government in Syria, and has allied with Morsi to bring this into effect. Turkey’s weakness gives Morsi additional bargaining power.

Presuming that Morsi’s ceasefire holds, the absence of rocket fire from Gaza during the next several months holds little comfort for Israel. Hamas will have more opportunity to stockpile the longer-range Iranian Fajr rockets that struck near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last week. Iran has boasted that it has transferred the technology to Hamas to quickly produce the rockets in Gaza. Whenever the ceasefire breaks down, Hamas will have far greater capacity to kill Israelis in the future. If Israel were to strike Iran’s nuclear capabilities, the price it would pay in rocket attacks from Hamas as well as Hezbollah in the north would be substantially greater than it is now.

Israel suffered a setback, but not a decisive setback, because the whole Gaza business is tangential to the overriding strategic issue, namely Iran’s prospective acquisition of nuclear weapons. Were Israel to attack Iran’s nuclear bomb-making capacity, it will pay a higher price for doing so in terms of civilian casualties. That is a human tragedy but not a strategic disadvantage. Hamas does not represent a strategic threat to Israel, and the degraded and demoralized Egyptian military represents less of a threat to Israel than at any time since its founding, while Syria represents no threat at all. The unexpectedly strong performance of Israel’s anti-missile technology, meanwhile, represents a new and critical strategic advantage for Israel. Egypt’s Morsi may obtain a respite, but Egypt will continue to live under the threat of economic breakdown for the indefinite future. The Muslim Brotherhood will fail to stabilize Syria.

Nothing that happens in Gaza will decide the future of the region. Israel still must decide whether to attack Iran’s nuclear program in the face of adamant opposition from the Obama administration. It is not clear how long the window of opportunity will last for Israel to pre-empt Iranian nuclear weapons deployment, but it is measured in months, not years.

David P. Goldman is a PJMedia columnist and the author of How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too).

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Here is the long and short of the Islamist-in-Chief's Brotherhood treachery/fealty to his Brothers – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/09/22/if-it-looks-l… , and make sure to click on embedded links…they also tell the tale….links in a chain.

    As well as this eye opener…Barack HUSSEIN Obama & his Saudi connections – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/10/11/the-islamist-

    It is what is, and Americans must get up to speed…one cannot counter what one is unfamiliar with.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about

  • WildJew

    David, you wrote: "American pressure prevented Israel from degrading Hamas’ terror capabilities."

    I agree with you, immoral American pressure is deplorable and contemptible. In the final analysis, responsibility will lie squarely on Prime Minister Netanyahu's shoulders. Post 9/11 with former President Bush unveiling his vision for a Palestinian state in Israel, the Bush Road Map, etc., continuous American pressure (I believe) impelled Ariel Sharon to act in a manner he thought least harmful to Israel's interests. Sharon chose to "disengage" from Gaza. Today, few if any supporters of Israel blame immoral American pressure from the Bush administration for Sharon's foolish policy decision. Supporters of Israel blame Sharon as they will blame Netanyahu for capitulating to immoral American pressure.

    Unfortunately, American leaders see their interests in the region differently than Israel sees her interests in the region.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Post 9/11 with former President Bush unveiling his vision for a Palestinian state in Israel, the Bush Road Map, etc., continuous American pressure (I believe) impelled Ariel Sharon to act in a manner he thought least harmful to Israel's interests."

      The Saudis blackmailed Bush, who caved a few days before WTC attacks. It was not made public till long after, but the Saudis did receive a confirmation letter before the WTC attacks, so it was a done deal to some extent.

      Not making excuses, just pointing out the longer game at play.

      OPEC funds terror. Never forget this. Without OPEC funds, the losers would be even more hopeless. We need a solid national leader, not a totalitarian enabler. Impeach Obama for Libya and anything else that might stick.

      • WildJew

        I have a slightly different take. Then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz played some "brinkmanship" with Bush late August 2001 and Bush blinked / capitulated. Abdullah was bluffing. The notion that General Petraues or Bush or any other man might have been blackmailed by evil actors (as a defense) rings hollow to me. Morally weak or evil men are subject to blackmail. Good men are not.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "I have a slightly different take. Then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz played some "brinkmanship" with Bush late August 2001 and Bush blinked / capitulated. Abdullah was bluffing."

          There is no conflict between what you and I each wrote. Whether he was bluffing…that almost goes without saying from them.

          "Morally weak or evil men are subject to blackmail. Good men are not."

          Perhaps, but what you and I call blackmail may be seen as rational statecraft by others. Was that the time for Bush to stand up? I don't know. Was he too close to the Saudis and lacking in any real plan to confront Islam or even OPEC? Apparently so. Maybe his plan was to get McCain elected to let him deal with it. That wouldn't have happened either. Maybe the Saudis have bought the Republicans in such depth that we need a guy like Allen West to save this nation and civilization. I don't know.

    • Asher

      Israel…Tell the American Government to but out of your lives and your policies….especially with Barack Hussein Obama at the Helm.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    "He won the trust of the United States and Israel, which once worried over the rise of an Islamist leader in Egypt but throughout the week-long Gaza crisis saw him as the figure most able to deliver a deal with Gaza’s Hamas rulers.”

    Everyone knows the tactic: good cop, bad cop. Just wait a while before we "find out" their all bad. Islamic supremacists always use the high level politician as "good cop" and the militants as "bad cop." The politician can use the threats of the "bad cop" to get what he wants playing the "savior."

    Same old bullpucky. It's not funny though. Why oh why do these idiot liberal reporters lap it up year after year?

  • WildJew

    Southern residents: Bibi capitulated to terror

    Israelis whose towns were barraged by rockets in latest round of hostilities receive news of ceasefire with disappointment; IDF remains on standby near Gaza border
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4310384

    Talkback #3. For the South

    Netanyahu.
    Did you sleep well last night?
    And what about you, Barak?
    Did you dream
    of rainbows and marshmallows?
    Lieberman.
    Are you proud of yourself?

    I did not sleep at all.
    No.
    Because I fear for my life.
    Because I fear for my family.
    Because you made a deal
    with the devil
    at my expense.

    Never again.
    Jews running for their lives.
    Never again.
    Jews targeted for killing.
    Never again.
    Jews betrayed.
    Never again.

    Thank you
    Benjamin
    Ehud
    Avigdor.
    And thank you
    Shimon for Oslo.
    Never again.

    Cheap words.
    Devorah

    • Steve Chavez

      I BLAME OBAMA AND HILLARY!

  • sononthe_beach

    These "negotiations" and "truces" are only lulls in a war without end.

    Blasting Hamas' military infrastructure to smithereens would have only delayed its resurrection, because complete enemy annihilation is the only real answer. And that is not going to happen until someone launches a nuclear war that turns the ME into a glazed-over parking lot. A "winner" can be declared if a scorched vestige of only one side is left standing.

    • Dappin

      Yup. I believe the cease fire timing–the day before thanksgiving and the week before fiscal cliff negotiations–was simply designed to protect Egypt's foreign aid during fiscal cliff talks. They get 500 million a year from the U.S. And Republicans would no doubt have pushed to cut that money.

      Think the attacks on Israel will resume right after fiscal cliff issue is addressed.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Here's a good read for you…

      The Everlasting Hatred – The Roots of Jihad by Hal Lindsey

      http://www.amazon.com/Everlasting-Hatred-Roots-Ji

  • The Truth

    Israel is angry that they could not keep Hosni Mubarak in power for a thousand years. Israel is mad that they could not get the United States to fight a war for them against Iran that they have been lobbying for since at least 2006. Israel is mad that they could not scuttle the thawing of US relations with Egypt by promoting "Innocence of Muslims." Israel is mad that Mark Basseley Youssef, the swindler and drug dealer is not recognized as a hero of free speech. Israel is mad that Obama's administration was not torpedoed by the attack on Benghazi. Israel is mad that they could not purchase Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States. Israel is mad that the attempt with the Maronites to humiliate and depose Petraeus didn't succeed a week before US elections. Israel was so mad that they bombed and killed a bunch of children and infants in Gaza, the pictures of which were released on cryptome.org. Israel is mad that the internet shows both sides of the conflict. Israel tried to prevent the conflict from being accurately reported. Israel is mad that Anonymous retaliated and stopped their attempt to control the internet and manage the perception of their child-exploding rage. A vodka-swilling playboy from the Israeli IDF ran fake pictures of Gazans attacking Israel from UN property. Israel hates the UN. Israel hates the United States. Israel threatened Anderson Cooper with death, claiming that he would be used as a human shield if he interviewed "Hamas," meaning any Gazan. Israel is mad that the United States negotiated a ceasefire. Israel began complaining right away when the ceasefire was negotiated. Mr. Goldman wrote this article to vilify and attack the United States for diminishing Israel's Vietnam-style aerial attack on the general population of Gaza.

    • Mo Schlotion

      What brand of vodka does the playboy from the IDF drink?

    • Ghostwriter

      I don't know why you came up with that screenname. You wouldn't know the truth if it bit you.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "I don't know why you came up with that screenname. You wouldn't know the truth if it bit you."

        Read, "Animal Farm."

    • Mary Sue

      [quote]various insane screeds[/quote]

      More like, Israel is disappointed that this merry-go-round is slated to continue when the "hudna" is over.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "The Truth"

      Not.

    • Walt

      You are wrong or lying on so many levels here that it is difficult to sort them all out. It is not difficult however to determine that you are one sick puppy!

  • Daphne

    This was NOT a NEGOTIATION, it was NOT a deterrent, and it was NOT even APPEASEMENT. It was in fact A REWARD FOR HAMAS, and the encouragement to know that future attacks will also be laughed off by the Morsi etc regime, while Obama and Clinton will preen themselves for their brilliant diplomacy, a precedent for future such diplomacy if Israel is cornered into such a position again.

  • Flowerknife_us

    The time to strike Iran is now. Israel striking Iran is not covered in this deal. Both Hamas and Egypt are somewhat politically neutered to without being viewed as the aggressors after the fact.

    Egypt took some One and a half years to plan and prepare for the 1973 assault across the Nile. What real success could Egypt have crossing the Sinai on the fly to attack Israel proper? It is hard to see how Hamas would not have been degraded and disorganized at present.

    The press can claim victory for Hamas al it wishes and as it planned to claim all along. Being true depends on what Israel does with the lull.

    Let Israel open the borders as Hamas wants striking Iran shortly thereafter. Timing is everything.

  • Gene W 1938

    A tragedy in progress. Obama, Hilary and their aligned team have evil souls. How can they Hate God and what has promised for the nation of Israel? Simple … the Bible predicted that is will happen and we will wittness the introduction of the 'End Times'.
    Friends, 'Life is too short and eternity too long to be wrong about salvation' !!! it is your choice and it is forever !!

    • Viet Vet

      Hillary and Obummer don’t believe in God. They are marxist heathens.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Hillary and Obummer don't believe in God. They are marxist heathens."

        "They hate God" means, "They hate people who believe in (the Biblical) God." Allah is A-OK with them.

  • Steve Chavez

    "OBAMA WILL BE TRIED FOR TREASON." I had predicted this when he started appeasing the Muslim Brotherhood and now Hamas. But how can he be tried for "aiding and abetting the enemy" when he is OFFICIALLY MAKING THEM FRIENDS?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "But how can he be tried for "aiding and abetting the enemy" when he is OFFICIALLY MAKING THEM FRIENDS?"

      Evidence and its details matter here. We don't know if it will happen, but it's certainly not impossible. All we need is some clear evidence to come to light.

      I'm not holding my breath.

  • LindaRivera

    Judge William Young sentencing "shoe bomber" Richard Reid to prison:

    We do not negotiate with terrorists. We do not meet with terrorists. We do not sign documents with terrorists. We hunt them down one by one and bring them to justice.

    If only we had patriotic, ethical leaders like this judge, running our country.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If only we had patriotic, ethical leaders like this judge, running our country."

      On that basis, he's without question more qualified to lead the nation than our traitor-in-chief.

    • Looking4Sanity

      Knowing the corrupt state of our judiciary, I'm inclined to believe the guy is a pontificating gas bag grandstanding for the favorable press. It sure sounded good though…especially considering it was a big fat lie.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Morsi at last has gained the trust of Obama, as a commorative coin, Obama on one side
    and Morsi on the other, worthless with absolutely no use unless tossing it into the air
    for a target is something. A Clinton coin would be fun, electrically receives the transmitted
    lie of the day………………what a show Gaza has become, Israel is playing it well but
    why stop at the buzzer?……………………………….William

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Morsi at last has gained the trust of Obama, as a commorative coin, Obama on one side
      and Morsi on the other, worthless with absolutely no use unless tossing it into the air
      for a target is something. "

      Minted from some unstable, poisonous metals that pollute anything near it.

  • fanlad

    It's time for Israel to strike.

  • g_jochnowitz

    Now that Morsi has won the admiration of the world, he is free to destroy democracy–such as it was–in Egypt. Here is what he is doing: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/13/world/middleeas

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Now that Morsi has won the admiration of the world, he is free to destroy democracy–such as it was–in Egypt. "

      That's exactly what I was thinking. It is totally possible, even very likely that Morsi was involved in the planning of the Hamas provocations so that he could show up as "good cop" and win credibility among the idiot morons of our political leaders, and in that way he can afterwards really get serious about sharia and jihad while posing as a moderate and reminding everyone that he is "the key to peace in the middle east."

      Please. It makes me puke to see people accept this charade. I don't expect every voting citizen to understand these relatively sophisticated politics, but it is unacceptable for a post-WTC politician to get taken in by this. Totally unacceptable.

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got a feeling that this won't be good for the Middle East and the world.

  • Mary Sue

    what's your problem?

  • Mary Sue

    Up is down, left is right, and suddenly the bad guys are the "hero". Ugh.

    I can see the discussion now.

    "If we do a ceasefire we will look good in the eyes of the West and make Israel look foolish, c'mon, it's for the greater good, we can do some other stuff later to destroy Israel"

    And those retards in Obamaland ate that up with a spoon.

  • I don't buy it.

    Could Israel ever have refused this cease fire? What leverage forced Israel to agree to it?

    Hamas breached the cease fire instantly with a barrage of missiles, and Israel did nothing.

    Why?

  • Disruptive Element

    How much money did the U.S. promise Egypt for this " brokering"?

  • Looking4Sanity

    We should send Obama to a Federal prison for ten or twenty years. Then he could learn all about the Muslim brother-"hoods" first hand. I think it would do him a world of good. I know it would be good for the rest of us!

  • Looking4Sanity

    The US is strong-arming them with the threat of disrupting the supply line of repair parts for their F-16 fleet. Sooner or later, Israel is going to learn how to manufacture those parts themselves and then it's going to be Katey bar the door.