Obama Embraces Hamas-Replica Abbas

President Obama held a 90-minute meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21st, the same day that Palestinian militants in Gaza resumed their firing of rockets into southern Israel and a day after the burning of American flags and defacement of posters with Obama’s picture in the West Bank.

Obama administration officials have tried to lower expectations of any major new peace initiatives on President Obama’s trip to Israel and the West Bank. And apparently Obama did not offer any.

Instead, at a joint news conference with Abbas following their private meeting, Obama repeated his call for the establishment of an independent, sovereign state of Palestine and the end to Israeli occupation. And he reiterated his opposition to Israeli settlement activities, stating that “we do not consider continued settlement activity to be constructive, to be appropriate, to be something that can advance the cause of peace.”

However, Obama did not again emphatically demand that Israel agree to revert to the pre-June 1967 lines with minor agreed upon land swaps. And for the first time in public, Obama acknowledged that the settlements issue presented Israel with an internally “complex” situation that is not “going to be solved immediately.” He appeared to move in Israel’s direction in urging the unconditional resumption of bilateral Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

At President Obama’s joint news conference with Abbas, Obama said that “even though both sides may have areas of strong disagreement, maybe engaging in activities that the other side considers to be a breach of good faith, we have to push through those things to try to get to an agreement. I think we can keep pushing through some of these problems and make sure that we don’t use them as an excuse not to do anything.”

Obama told reporters that he considered the “core” issues to be establishing a sovereign Palestinian state and ensuring security for Israel. “That’s not to say settlements aren’t important,” Obama said. “That’s to say if we solve those two problems, the settlement issue will be resolved. If the expectation is that we can only have direct negotiations when everything is settled ahead of time, then there’s no point in negotiations.”

One can only speculate as to whether, during Obama’s private discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the day before Obama’s meeting with Abbas, they reached some sort of understanding with regard to the public handling of the Iran and settlements issues. Did Netanyahu agree to give Obama the room he needs to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat Obama’s way, in return for Obama’s agreement to give Netanyahu more breathing room on the settlements issue? They, of course, won’t say, but they looked unusually relaxed in each other’s presence during their own joint news conference.

In any case, Abbas would not bite. He refused to budge on linking the resumption of negotiations to an immediate settlements freeze. In his own remarks to the press at his joint news conference with Obama, Abbas stuck to his demand for “the Israeli government to stop settlements in order to discuss all our issues and their concerns. It’s the duty of the Israeli government to stop the settlement activities to enable us to talk about the issues in the negotiations.”

The only slight but meaningless concession that Abbas was reportedly willing to consider making in private to Obama was to allow the Israelis the option of keeping the settlements freeze secret so long as they actually imposed the freeze. Of course, as soon as any settlers found out about the freeze when applying for a new building permit, the secret would be out.

President Obama’s private face-to-face meeting, and standing side by side with Abbas at their news conference, were intended to buttress the legitimacy of Abbas’s claim to represent all of the Palestinian people in negotiations with Israel.  “I think part of my goal during this trip is to have helpful discussions with both Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas on what they need and how they see a potential path and how it would be structured,” Obama said. Obama attempted to marginalize any role for Hamas and its co-jihadists by essentially ignoring them in his remarks.

However, any faith that President Obama may have in Abbas as a constructive partner in negotiations for a two state solution is misplaced. Abbas showed his true colors during an interview aired March 15th on Russia Today TV in which he compared his Fatah party with Hamas in a way that blurred any meaningful distinctions between the two.

The Middle East Media Research Institute published excerpts of this interview in which Abbas said that there was “no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.”

Abbas objected to attaching the label “terrorists” to Hamas and denied that Hamas had fired any missiles at Israel except for “skirmishes once or twice.”

Abbas is just a wee bit off with his numbers. Since Israel withdrew from the Gaza Strip in 2005, Hamas and its co-jihadists have fired more than 8000 rockets into Israel. And at least two more rockets were fired into Israel on the morning of Abbas’s meeting with President Obama.

However, Abbas may have a point about the terrorist label for reasons far different than what he undoubtedly had in mind. “Terrorist” is too generic a term. Labeling Hamas and their ilk as jihadists, Islamo-fascists, or genocidal Islamists is more precise.

The best place to search for Hamas’s espoused policies, as to which Abbas claims there is no difference from his own party’s policies, are the words of two of the most important Hamas leaders themselves, Khaled Mash’al and Isma’il Haniya. They oppose any long-lasting two state solution and advocate an armed struggle to “liberate” all of “Palestine” from the river to the sea.

Here are some quotes, as reported by The Middle East Media Research Institute:

Hamas leader Khaled Mash’al, from a speech delivered on December 7, 2012:

First of all, Palestine – from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea, from its north to its south – is our land, our right, and our homeland. There will be no relinquishing or forsaking even an inch or small part of it… since Palestine belongs to us, and is the land of Arabism and Islam, we must never recognize the legitimacy of the Israeli occupation of it.

Jihad and armed resistance are the proper and true path to liberation and to the restoration of our rights… The true statesman is born from the womb of the rifle and the missile.

Hamas Prime Minister Isma’il Haniya, from a speech delivered on February 4, 2013:

Gaza was strong, and for the first time, the resistance shelled occupied Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Herzliya; and for the first time, two million Israelis were underground and five million experienced the supremacy of the missiles, and the occupation asked for a ceasefire… The day will soon come when you will find no remnant of the occupation in the land of Palestine – all of Palestine.

We will not relinquish the right of return to Palestine; anyone who does is not one of us, and not part of us. I say that I am from Ashkelon – Ashkelon is my city, and to it I shall return.

Hamas’s policy, in short, is to destroy the entire Jewish state of Israel. It rejects any notion of a two state solution except as a temporary way station to a “Palestine” in its entirety “from the River to the Sea.”

Abbas, Obama’s Palestinian interlocutor, admitted just one week ago that, underneath his facade of moderation, there is “no difference between our policies and those of Hamas.” This statement alone should remove all doubt regarding Abbas’s true agenda. It is the same as Hamas’s agenda, but reached through different tactics.  Hamas relies primarily on violence, with rockets, suicide bombers and human shields serving as their stock in trade.  Abbas’s Fatah party relies primarily on the tactics of deceptive diplomacy and manipulation of pliable international institutions such as the United Nations. That’s not to say that Fatah objects to violence. Last month, for instance, Fatah praised Wafa Idris, who detonated a 22-pound bomb in the center of Jerusalem in January 2001, killing an 81-year-old woman and wounded more than 100 others. In a television address on January 4, 2013 Abbas himself commemorated “Martyrs” from Fatah, Hamas, and other “fighting factions – all the martyrs.” He included in his long list “pioneer” Haj Muhammad Amin Al-Husseini, also known as “Hitler’s mufti” for his support of the Nazi dictator during World War II, and “martyr” Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam, who murdered Jews in their homes in the 1930s before there even was a state of Israel.

While standing side by side with Abbas, President Obama took one small step in the right direction by dismissing Abbas’s pretext for refusing to resume immediate unconditional negotiations with Israel. However, Obama remains under the illusion that Abbas would ever be interested in good faith negotiations leading to a durable two state solution in which an independent Palestinian state will live in peace with a secure Jewish state of Israel.

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  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Regardless of this or that, whatever shakes out will not be anything but a disaster for Israel. Wresting Judea and Samaria, our heartland, is the goal. Jerusalem too. In fact, maps from the State Dept,as well as via WH itinerary, are sans Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria & the Golan! Therefore, what's left, Tel Aviv, its chi chi suburbs and Haifa? Moreover, actions – like this – speak much louder than any syrupy words (poison pills) he offered Israelis.
    In any case, this is where it's at – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/10/a-hellfire-un

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

  • pierce

    He keeps trying, which I suppose is good, but he has to know deep down it is a waste of time and money. Those people do not want anything but unrest. When I was growing up, the people on one side of Main Street alway envied the people on the other side, this has not changed and never will.

  • Asher

    Israel going back to 1967 borders and stopping the settlements in Judea and Samaria should be a dead issue. Israel has already given up alot of land for peace which is their own land, much to no avail, the rockets are still falling on their cities. The President stated in his Cairo speech, "As the Holy Koran tells us, "Be conscious of God and speak always the truth, and at the same time believes in Taqiyya, deception. He uses the translation from the standard reference in Arabic, al-Qur'an al-Karim, and also a greeting of peace from Muslim communities Assalaamu alaykum, the Islamic greeting. He has and will always work in the best interests of his people who are Muslims. "He also said, "As a student of history, I also know civilization's debt to Islam. He is in place to serve Islam, anyone who keeps being deceived is going to be extremely disappointed, he will never be able to bring peace.


    OBAMA WHISPERS TO ABBAS IN ARABIC: "I'm a Muslim. God is Great."

    • defcon 4

      Do you have any proof of this?

  • Roadie1

    When Arafat turned down the two state offer dfuring the Carter administration, you knew that nothing short of Israels destruction is what they will ever want!

    • Jew

      Don't you mean the Clinton Administration? Or did this happen under Carter too?

      • Mary Sue

        It happens every now and then. Carter, Clinton, Bush, Reagan…lather rinse repeat.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    "The land of Israel belongs to God, and He has decided to give it to the Jewish nation,
    in accordance with the covenant sealed on Mount Sinai, a covenant that no other nation
    was willing to undertake. After a long exile, we've returned home. We bear no malice toward anyone
    and seek no harm to anyone. But we will not surrender any portion of our land to foreign powers,
    and if foreigners rise up against us to destroy us, we will fight against them and,
    with God's help, we will destroy them."

    ~ Martin Wasserman

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: "Obama Embraces Hamas-Replica Abbas"

    Q. HOW can the Palestinian Authority & Pres. Obama increase their average IQ ?
    A. Invite some Jews.

    To add to this theater of the absurd, let us not forget that the only duly elected representatives of the Palestinian people are in Gaza, not Ramallah.

  • gee59

    Support a "Palestinian State". They can have one – but not on our land. The Arabs already have 99.93% of the land in the Middle East. It is one the LEAST densely populated regions in the world – let their brothers give up some of their land for them

  • JacksonPearson

    A Palestinian State = A Terrorist State

  • WilliamJamesWard

    The faux Palestinians exist for one thing and only one thing, the destruction of Israel and Jews.
    There is no point to false negotiations, no point to acceding to outside demands on the
    Israeli Government, the main point is for Israel to stay alive. It is known who the enemy is
    and what they intend, Israel take every necessary action without any second guessing
    and absolutely no expectation you could have the Islamists wrong, live…………William

  • Ghostwriter

    I don't think most Palestinians are interested in a state. They only want to kill Israelis and burn our flag. If they were interested in it,they would have had one A LONG time ago. They've repeatedly proven that they can't really be relied upon to keep their word.

  • Texas Patriot

    Israel has held out the possibility of peaceful co-existence with its neighbors since 1948, and it should continue to do so. However, it is no longer realistic to suppose that such a peace is probable or even possible under the circumstances that exist today. Unfortunately, Israel should expect to be attacked from now on, indefinitely into the future, by Islamists determined to re-aquire all land once conquered by Muslim armies. "Once Muslim land, always Muslim land" is part of their belief system, and it is almost impossible to imagine that their core beliefs in this regard will ever change.

    On the other hand, Muslims should not be allowed to attack non-Muslims with impunity, even if they feel they have a religious religious right and a religious duty to do so. Therefore, if Muslims should start a war with Israel, or anyone else in the world, and if they should lose, they should expect, at a minimum, to forfeit the land from which the attack originated. If they lose enough land, perhaps the attacks will stop. Otherwise, if the attacks continue indefinitely, they should eventually expect to forfeit all the land they now have. The choice of peaceful coexistence or forfeiture of land should be made clear, and that policy should be implemented without fail for as long as the attacks continue. There is really no other way to deal with the prospect of perpetual war with religious extremists. Those who insist on making war on others should bear a disproportionate price, and the forfeiture of their land should be the very best they can hope for, if they insist on making war. Eventually there will be peace, one way or another. The only question is, will they have any land left at all when it is all over.

    Regarding the status of Muslims on forfeited lands, they should be given an opportunity to renounce the ideology of perpetual war, or they should be given an opportunity to gather their belongings and leave. If they do not wish to renounce the ideology of war, and they do not wish to have an opportunity to gather their belongings, they should be escorted to the nearest border without any unnecessary delay.

    • defcon 4

      Considering that lying is a time honored tradition in islam, your last paragraph would require a level of trust bordering on the naive.

      • Texas Patriot

        Most scholars of Islam readily recognize that renouncing the doctrine of "perpetual war" is tantamount to renouncing Islam itself, and the penalty for apostasy is, of course, death. Muslims who are willing to publicly renounce any intention to "destroy" Israel and other occupiers of so-called Muslim lands, should be given every opportunity and every encouragement to prove that they are sincere. But as Ronald Reagan always used to say with the Russians, we should always "trust but verify".

  • pierce

    What ever happened to embracing the USA. Obama apparently thinks more of Islamic Nations than he does of the USA.
    He embraces Muslims, and I am wondering out loud, but do Michelle and the daughters have burkas in the White House living quarters that they wear regularly? Curious.

    • defcon 4

      Burkas are not required forms of dress in Egypt, Indonesia or Turkey, at least not yet.

    • Jane Wegener

      You are just discovered this now??? Americas enemies are within..

  • Texas Patriot

    Obama will prove to be the best friend Israel has ever had in the White House. Unlike his predecessors (ALL of them), Obama is under no illusions about the prospects for peace in the middle east, and he will not pressure Israel to make concessions in furtherance of a "peace process" that has no virtually no chance of attaining any semblance of a lasting peace.

    • defcon 4

      WHy has Obama been selling (giving?) US fighter aircraft to Egypt? Is he stacking the deck against any "prospects for peace"?

      • Texas Patriot

        Personally, I think that is a move he will probably come to regret, but in all fairness, I think it is a fact that Obama is merely following through on some long-standing American defense treaties and contracts with Egypt and, thus, giving the new Muslim Brotherhood leadership an opportunity to become a productive player for peace in the middle east, however unlikely that may be.

    • Drakken

      If you think those effing pali savages are going to give Israel any peace? I have some swampland to sell you real cheap.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    RE: – – – Obama Embraces Hamas – Abbas?

    Obama's Press Secretary, "Jay" Carney swears Obama thought the teleprompter said:

    – A BIG ASS.

  • Brian

    The USA just pledged $500 million to the palis. When the USA gives money to Israel world opinion is so negative. Now what do they have to say?

  • Brujo Blanco

    The problem dealing with these people is that they feel no obligation to keep their word. Thus far they have never kept their word. They consider Jews to be descendents of apes and pigs. Whatever they may be given they will not be satisfied. They want all of Israel. They want Jews and Americans dead.