How Hamas is Trying to Claim Victory Over Obama


Obama’s visit to Israel is likely to be as minimalist as possible. He will undoubtedly make a ritual stop at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, a talking point that he used effectively while debating Romney. And he will find a way to meet with the Palestinian leadership, with the exception of Hamas.

That narrows the scope of Hamas’ point scoring abilities. The Palestinian Authority is already provoking violence in the hopes of being bribed into shutting it down. That has probably already happened behind the scenes. But Hamas wants something bigger. Jerusalem.

It’s safe to say that Obama has no plans to visit the Temple Mount, a Jewish holy place relating to the Temple eras, which Muslims hijacked by putting up a mosque. No president has ever gone there and no president would for all the obvious reasons. Last time Obama stopped by the Western Wall of the former Temple. He probably won’t even do that this time.

That is why Hamas is pushing the rumor that Obama does plan to go to the Temple Mount and threatening violence if he does.

If that sounds confusing, welcome to the Middle East.

Hamas needs to throw its weight around. It needs to humiliate America. Muslim countries often pull off ritual humiliations like these without Americans ever being the wiser.

The complete unlikeliness of Obama going to the Temple Mount, in the real world, makes it a perfect piece of propaganda that will allow Hamas to claim that it kept Obama from going to the Temple Mount.

Hamas wouldn’t be able to get away with it if Obama hadn’t shown so much weakness as to create the impression that he can be easily pushed around. Since he did, Hamas can score easy points by claiming to have stopped Obama from doing what he wasn’t going to do anyway.

Of course Hamas isn’t the only group or individual who pulls stunts like that with Obama.

Just about anyone can do it these days.

  • JacksonPearson

    "That is why Hamas is pushing the rumor that Obama does plan to go to the Temple Mount and threatening violence if he does."

    Obama won't dare offend his Muslim brothers. /Sarc

    • slider 96

      Get an education on the region , and history of the conflict . ANYONE who knows ANYTHING about Israel , the conflict and the TEMPLE MOUNT , knows that no US president ,regardless of who , would go to the TEMPLE MOUNT . Visits to Yad Vashem are a given for ANY western dignitary visiting Israel , let alone a US president . LOL…it is clear this is a matter of the blind leading the BLINDED .

      • objectivefactsmatter

        0'Bama will never be accused of doing anything to break any precedents there. That's not the transformation he had in mind.

        Then again, maybe he will be the first, and his idea of transformation is bearing a "Palestinian" flag while entering the temple, or a flag of the new caliphate.

        We can't be surprised at this point. He has more flexibility now so anything goes.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    I beg to differ, but The One's visit to Israel IS a big deal, regardless which places he deems to visit, even though otherwise such symbolism would take precedence. His agenda is way more underhanded, even for the Liar-in-Chief – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/10/a-hellfire-un

    Hamas has little to worry about, as he has their backs. After all, they are the progeny of Obama's pets – the Muslim Brotherhood Mafia!! The rest is smoke and mirrors.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • slider 96

    This is great Daniel . you criticize Obama for NOT doing what no other US President has done , and then criticize him for what every other President who's gone to Israel HAS done .
    Cap THAT off , by criticizing Obama for what Hamas MAY or MAY NOT do , and then throw in the absolutely baseless ASPERSION …..that " someone PROBABLY has already bribed Hamas to shut any protest down .
    You make me wonder Daniel . I really dont know what to make of you . There seems to be great animus dripping from your every article . I DO believe in criticism where IT IS DUE ….but this is so transparent and childlike .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "This is great Daniel . you criticize Obama for NOT doing what no other US President has done , and then criticize him for what every other President who's gone to Israel HAS done ."

      You misunderstood. Again.

      Here's the part of the article where he did criticize 0'Bama:

      Hamas wouldn’t be able to get away with it if Obama hadn’t shown so much weakness as to create the impression that he can be easily pushed around. Since he did, Hamas can score easy points by claiming to have stopped Obama from doing what he wasn’t going to do anyway.

      Of course Hamas isn’t the only group or individual who pulls stunts like that with Obama.

      Just about anyone can do it these days.

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      K?

      "You make me wonder Daniel . I really dont know what to make of you ."

      We can't help you here if you won't even try to read with minimal comprehension.

      "There seems to be great animus dripping from your every article . I DO believe in criticism where IT IS DUE ….but this is so transparent and childlike ."

      O'Bama started projecting weakness in 2009 and hasn't stopped other than attacking domestic foes. It may not be an earth-shattering article in importance, but you don't really need to read it now do you? The points made are valid and many do wish to read it.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      I'm not criticizing O for not going to the Temple Mount.

      I'm criticizing him for projecting weakness in foreign policy that leads to Hamas slapping him around.

      "absolutely baseless ASPERSION …..that " someone PROBABLY has already bribed Hamas to shut any protest down ."

      I was talking about the PA there. And it may not necessarily have been the US. May have been Israel too.

  • slider 96

    And Daniel , what in the heck is a " minimalist visit " ? Is that kinda like Chevy Chase's "minimalist visit " to the Grand Canyon on the way to Wally-World ?
    If Obama 's goal is, as this blog incessantly implies , to destroy Israel ,WHY then would he even go there at all , WHY would he fund IRON DOME ? WHY would he even set foot in Jerusalem which is in and of itself a symbolic acknowledgement that it is the CAPITOL of Israel ?
    Daniel , you asked me a while back if there was ANYTHING I would be willing to criticize Obama on ?
    I ask you , is there ANYTHING that you would NOT criticize him for ? It seems any thing this man does , right wrong or indifferent , it garners your presumptious critique .

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If Obama 's goal is, as this blog incessantly implies , to destroy Israel ,WHY then would he even go there at all , WHY would he fund IRON DOME ? WHY would he even set foot in Jerusalem which is in and of itself a symbolic acknowledgement that it is the CAPITOL of Israel ? "

      Read Machiavelli and get back to us.

      "I ask you , is there ANYTHING that you would NOT criticize him for ? It seems any thing this man does , right wrong or indifferent , it garners your presumptious critique ."

      Find something he's done right and challenge anyone here. Don't give us this theoretical "if he cured cancer" BS. What has he done right other than playing politics?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      We'll see why he's going there after he does. As for funding Iron Dome, it's a pre-existing policy that his people think prevents a larger conflict between Israel and surrounding terrorist groups. Plus the tech may come in handy the way that drones have.

      And when Obama visits Jerusalem, I doubt he'll go anywhere or do anything that would acknowledge the united city as Israel's capital.

      I haven't criticized him for funding Iron Dome or carrying out drone strikes in Pakistan, etc, but these are pre-existing policies.