Shhhh, Don’t Tell Anyone: Hamas Won

This article first appeared in NRO.  Andy McCarthy is the director of the Philadelphia branch of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

Barack Obama brought enough Chicago-style community organizing to Israel that Benjamin Netanyahu knew what he would have to do. If he hoped to keep the tepid support of his country’s essential but icy ally, Israel’s prime minister would have to do what he’d spent nearly three years steadfastly refusing to do. Netanyahu would have to apologize to a state sponsor of terrorism that openly, notoriously, and enthusiastically supports Hamas.

He would have to apologize to Turkey — to its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Obama’s close friend and confidant.

He would have to apologize for military action taken in his country’s righteous defense against violent jihadists with close connections to Erdogan’s ruling party and, seamlessly, to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as al-Qaeda.

As I recount in Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, the violent jihadists in question were from the grotesquely named “Humanitarian Relief Foundation” or IHH (İnsan Hak ve Hürriyetleri ve İnsani Yardım Vakfı). The IHH is an Islamic “charity” based and basted in the Islamic supremacism of Erdogan’s Turkey. It is part of the Union of Good (sometimes referred to as the “Union for Good”), a jihadist umbrella enterprise that was designated by the United States government, during the Bush administration, as an international terrorist organization. Under the direction of a top Muslim Brotherhood honcho, Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Union of Good’s main purpose is to transfer funds to Hamas, another designated terrorist organization. Besides being the Brotherhood’s Palestinian branch, Hamas boasts Turkey, our NATO “ally,” as its chief benefactor.

In late May 2010, IHH terrorists attempted to break Israel’s lawful naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. The blockade is necessary to stem the flow of weapons to Hamas, Gaza’s rulers having responded to Israel’s painful peace offering — its withdrawal in 2005 from territory it had captured in a war of Arab aggression — by stepping up their terror campaign against the Jewish state. In seeking to break the blockade, an act of war, the IHH was willfully abetted by the Turkish government.

Israeli officials had pleaded with their Turkish counterparts to prevent the terrorists from embarking on their “peace flotilla.” Members of Erdogan’s government and party not only turned a deaf ear; they sold the jihadists the offending vessel, the Mavi Marmara. They allowed the jihadists — armed with flares, night-vision goggles, 150 bulletproof vests, 200 gas masks, several dozen slingshots, 200 knives, 20 axes, 50 wooden clubs, 100 assorted iron bars, etc. — to board the ship without inspection. When the inevitable high-seas confrontation occurred, the Israeli Defense Forces tried to subdue the terrorists with paintball guns. The IDF resorted to lethal force only after being premeditatedly and savagely attacked — with several of its sailors seriously wounded. In that response, nine of the terrorists were killed.

Squeezed by Obama, Netanyahu would have to apologize for the killing of those terrorists.

More often than not these last five years, Israel’s prime minister has felt President Obama’s heel on the back of his neck. In stark contrast, Turkey’s prime minister has enjoyed Obama’s warm embrace. In Ankara, Erdogan hosts the leaders of Hamas and Hezbollah as foreign dignitaries. He accuses Israel of turning Gaza into a “concentration camp.” Only days before Netanyahu’s coerced apology, Erdogan — whose history of anti-Semitism is infamous — publicly pronounced that Zionism is a “crime against humanity.”

This heinous accusation, “crime against humanity,” has become something of a verbal tic with Erdogan. He cavalierly applies it to Israel’s self-defense from thousands of jihadist rockets fired into its territory, and to the suggestion by European governments that the millions of Muslims who’ve immigrated to the West ought to assimilate into their new societies. Nevertheless, Obama openly regards Erdogan as one of his most trusted partners on the world stage. “The bottom line is that we find ourselves in frequent agreement upon a wide range of issues,” said Obama of Erdogan in March 2012, upon seeking him out at a South Korea summit for advice on the crisis in Syria, the tumult in Egypt, the nukes in Iran — even the challenges of raising daughters.

With Obama on the phone egging him on, Netanyahu abased himself. Not only did he apologize to Turkey, he further capitulated to Erdogan’s demand that Israel pay compensation to the Mavi Marmara “victims.” After the apology, Erdogan briefed his Hamas confederates and announced he would be visiting them in Gaza next month. Predictably, he has since announced that Netanyahu’s humiliating act of contrition will not be sufficient to restore diplomatic relations between the two nations. Just as predictably, other Islamic states are now preparing demands for apologies and compensation for sundry exercises of Israeli self-defense against jihadist terror.

There has been no shortage of speculation about why Israel caved. Perhaps it was anxiety over Iranian nukes and Syrian tumult — the hope that rapprochement with Turkey would give Washington more maneuvering room to protect Israel’s interests. Perhaps there were financial considerations, including billions potentially to be made in the exportation of natural gas. None of these explanations is very satisfying. But that is beside the point. For Americans, what matters is not what this episode says about shifts in Israeli policy. It is the sea-change in U.S. counterterrorism that most concerns us.

We now know that Hamas has won.

In 2011, Erdogan made a startling pronouncement on Charlie Rose’s PBS program:

Let me give you a very clear message. I don’t see Hamas as a terror organization. Hamas is a political party. And it is an organization. It is a resistance movement trying to protect its country under occupation. So we should not mix terrorist organizations with such an organization.

Really? Is this what we now mean by regular politics: In the 1987 charter by which it proclaimed its existence, Hamas explained that it formed in order to “join its hands with those of all jihad fighters for the purpose of liberating Palestine.” Clarifying that Hamas is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers . . . the Muslim Brotherhood Movement … the largest Islamic movement in the modern era,” the charter elaborates:

Our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave, so much so that it will need all the loyal efforts we can wield, to be followed by further steps and reinforced by successive battalions from the multifarious Arab and Islamic world, until the enemies are defeated and Allah’s victory prevails.

Invoking Islamic scripture, the charter further asserts:

Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah’s promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! [Citing authoritative hadiths.]

In its 25 years, Hamas has made good on its promise to kill. Yet Erdogan has been telling Obama since early 2009 that the United States must “redefine” what it means by “terror and terrorist organizations.” It is increasingly obvious that portraying Hamas as a “political party” and a “resistance movement,” rather than a terrorist organization, is one among the “wide range of issues” on which the president finds himself in agreement with the Turkish prime minister.

Yes, nominally, it is still a crime in the United States to provide material support to Hamas. But these days you have a better chance of being prosecuted under those immigration statutes the administration declines to enforce.

Hamas prosecutions went out with the 2008 Holy Land Foundation trial. Since then, the investigation of outfits proved by the Bush Justice Department to be cogs in the Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy to fund and otherwise encourage Hamas’s jihad against Israel have been dropped. Worse, some of those outfits, such as the Islamic Society of North America, are regular guests at the Obama White House. They are consulted in the formulation of Obama foreign policy, which — lo and behold — just happens to favor lavish financial and military support for the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt. As for Obama national-security policy, Islamic-supremacists have been invited to censor the materials used to train our law-enforcement and intelligence agents.

Realistically, how could anyone expect the Obama Justice Department to prosecute the financial support of Hamas when the Obama administration is actively engaged in the financial support of Hamas — sluicing hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Gaza, fully aware that it is under Hamas’s totalitarian control. In this, too, Obama is in concord with Erdogan, whose regime has similarly backed Hamas with hundreds of millions of dollars — news that comes to us courtesy of Turkey’s grateful friends at the Union of Good.

Until 2009, U.S. policy was straightforward: Hamas was a terrorist organization and America would not deal with it unless and until it acknowledged Israel’s right to exist and convincingly renounced violence. All that has changed, though. Under Obama’s governance, Islamic-supremacists are bankrolled even as they act on their pledge to destroy Israel. Israel, in turn, is expected to apologize.

Our military’s killing of Osama bin Laden, complemented by the controversial drone campaign, has given President Obama cover. The occasional terrorist is taken out, the administration beats its chest, and few notice that al-Qaeda is resurgent, that the administration spends far more time appeasing Islamists than killing terrorists, and that Hamas has won.

Welcome to the next four years.

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  • Poupic

    Wrong! Not four years anymore. The clock is ticking and it is already only 57 more months. Count in months. It will tick the clock faster. Every month one less month to go. Before you know it anti- Semite Barack Hussein will be off the stage.

    • Martin K.

      What does it matter? Christians in the US did not want to elect a Mormon as President, they are just too fragmented as opposition. Even if another democrat will be elected into the white house this does not mean the stance regarding islam would or could be changed.
      When will the US learn do not tolerate the intolerant?
      And was Abu Lahab the uncle of MuahamMAD a racist because he opposed the founder of Islam?

      • Roger

        What does it matter? Unless Obama becomes an even more obvious dictator he will be off Air Force one and Israel can negotiate with someone who doesn't want it's destruction quite so obviously.

    • defcon 4

      But will he step down?

  • Mary Sue

    is it more than a little disturbing that a freak like Erdogan is a CLOSE FRIEND AND CONFIDANTE of Obama?

    • Adam

      Not surprising. Obama lied to American Armenians about supporting the recognition of the Armenian genocide, then threw them under the bus after he was elected and refused to have Turkey admit it.

      • defcon 4

        I didn't know that, but I'm not surprised he would.

  • AdinaK

    Here's the thing: Hamas (and Islamists in general) run circles around the west, and it doesn't help that an Islamist-in-Chief is at the U.S. helm. That being said, as to the Turkish hustle –… is more like it.

    However, Israel's leaders – much to our national shame – are forever appeasers, therefore, Dr. Martin Sherman leads the way –… ….seeing the forest from the trees!

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • AdinaK

    And another thing – Barack HUSSEIN Obama will never allow any prosecutions of Islamist terror organs –

    "Barry" is deeply in the thick of it. His administration is a "Who's Who" of Brotherhood Mafia leadership! No kidding.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • Matt

    Forget that princess, I think Iran is going to kill ya, you should do something about it.

  • Asher

    This administration has enabled the Middle East Meltdown, not subdued it!

  • Ken

    The self-hating Jews made sure the traitor in chief became president for a second time. We will all reap what they sowed. What is it that makes me so ashamed of my heritage and their desire for self immolation? As America dies slowly guess who will die in the Middle East? The sickos must be rejoicing.

    • gee59

      Hardly – the Jewish support was in the range of 2-3% of the electorate. There was a lot of other groups that voted for Odumba that made up a much greater percentage of the electorate.

      To blame one tiny group is inane

      • Roger

        When they supported him, the point is valid.

      • kaz

        most of the diverse groups that make up the traitor party have made a career of ignorance. the feminists avoid any knowledge of anti-female behavior among any group except their chosen arch enemies, white males. blacks are fed an exclusive diet of racial animosity and hatred of white america, and very few of them obtain more than the most basic education. the few that bother to go to college tend to get degrees in racism and racial hatred. academics are rigorous in their avoidance of any facts that contradict their america-hating theories. they can all claim ignorance as their excuse for voting an islam friendly traitor into the white house. jews, on the other hand, tend to be educated far better than their fellow liberal stooges, and have to be aware that islam has declared jews to be their special enemy. for them to have favored a muslim for president can only be explained by self hating malice.

  • rbla

    Erdogan, Morsi, the Saudi princes and other "moderate" Muslims know that it is just a matter of time before their gradual conquest of Europe and then America succeeds. What they don't need are hotheads and nutcases like bin-Laden, Awlaki etc. interfering and hampering their project through premature terror strikes. And our Cultural Muslim Western Civilization-hating president serves their interests – he empowers the "moderates" and takes out the hotheads.

    • Drakken

      Comrade Obummer and his pal Erdogan have forgotten the European propensity for war, a lesson they will not soon forget. Make no mistake,the Europeans have had it with the muslims in their midst and you will see a Balkans type of scenerio play out very soon.

      • kaz

        nah. europe is populated by spoiled, lazy cowards. they have sold their birthright for a few barrels of oil. when they are ready to fight islam, they will already be wearing manacles, and lined up at the gallows.

        • Drakken

          Kaz, it is always darkest before dawn, so don't worry, Europe will rise up soon enough.

  • Ar'nun

    If people looked at the killing of Obama in rational terms, they wouldn't be so impressed by Obama. He was an old, sick, tired, Jihadist in hiding. He had long out lived his usefulness in the Jihad. Bin Laden knew this, Obama knew this, Bush knew this and all of bin Laden's fellow jihadists knew this.

    Is it really impressive that they killed a guy who made his name influencing others to die in the name of Jihad?

    Why do you think the SEALs were ordered to kill him rather than bring him in to stand trial?

    Do you really believe they didn't know he was in that obvious compound in Pakistan?

    Why do you think they went after the SEAL that wrote the book?

    Why do you think all other SEALs involved either have turned up dead or silenced?

    Obama sent his colleague out as a martyr. And since younger, newer and more energetic leaders have emerged. The Brotherhood has taken over the UN, the US, and most of Europe. McCarthy is 120% right, not only has Hamas won, the Brotherhood has won.

    • kaz

      i believe you meant the killing of osama, not obama, although the confusion is easily understood. not only are the names strikingly similar, but also the ideology and the goals of those two.

  • jerome

    just regard it as necessary deception to get the more important goal of a better footing with the USA.
    just as the arabs practice taqiya so can the jews, this hiccup in common sense is justified and came about
    due to some arm twisting from barack obama …let the arabs gloat and keen and demand reparations for their murderous terrorist colleagues , it will never change the truth ….

  • JacksonPearson

    The only thing I'd given Turkey Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan,
    would have been a BIG MIDDLE FINGER!


      Right ON!

  • kaz

    all i want to know is this: if dear leader were a muslim, as certain hate filled, totally uninformed, islamophobic, "right wing" fanatics have dared to suggest, what would dear leader be doing differently?

    • defcon 4

      "The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam."

      "My muslim faith"

      • kaz

        "when the political winds blow in an ugly direction, i will side with the muslims"–dear leader
        " i will fundamentally transform america"–dear leader
        i submit that if dear leader were a muslim, he would not be doing anything at all differently.

  • yui

    It's funny how civilizations enemies can only defeat it by rolling on their backs and screaming for mercy, see the first battle of fallujah and the red cross ambulance incident. To be an Islamist insurgent is to have no spine, no shame, and infinite boastfulness.