Will Obama Break his Promise and Force Israel to Negotiate with Hamas?

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There’s plenty of precedent for it. Obama broke Bush’s understanding with Israel after the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza. Or rather he pretended that it had never existed.

He’s engaged in outreach to Hamas before through an advisor who was fired and recently returned to duty. And considering his affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood, whose affiliate Hamas is, any promise he made is likely not to be worth the paper it’s sneezed on.

Finally. Israel was forced to negotiate with the PLO under Bush I under just such a pretext.

Days after suspending American-brokered Middle East peace talks because of a reconciliation pact reached between the Palestine Liberation Organization and its rival Hamas, the Islamic militant group, Israel on Monday raised a new source of potential tension with the United States over Washington’s approach to the unity government planned by the Palestinians.

Dore Gold, a senior adviser to Mr. Netanyahu and a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, reiterated that Israel would not deal with a Palestinian unity government so long as Hamas did not accept the international principles.

“We are not overwhelmed by a group of gentlemen wearing suits while in the back room the real control is with Fatah and Hamas,” Mr. Gold said in a recent interview. “The technocrats will be under the clear direction of the two movements,” he added.

Israel has stated that it will not resume negotiations with any Palestinian government that is supported by Hamas, even if that government is made up of political independents and apolitical technocratic figures who meet international conditions for acceptance. An Israeli official said on Monday that Israel had in the past received “a specific commitment from the American administration” backing that position — a claim that appeared to be at odds with some more recent signals from Washington.

A senior State Department official said Monday that the administration was “not going to reveal the details of private conversations.”

So State won’t confirm or deny the existence of such commitments which communicates that 1. Such a commitment did indeed exist. 2. The administration doesn’t intend to keep it.

The Israeli official, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s diplomatic delicacy, said that the commitment had been given to Israel during President Obama’s first term in office and that it had been restated since his re-election. The official would not specify whether the commitment had been given in writing or by the president himself…

But since the Palestinian factions announced the agreement to heal their schism last Wednesday, including plans to form a unity government of technocrats within five weeks and to hold elections six months later, the American administration’s position toward a unity government has appeared less clear-cut.

Later, when asked whether the demand was for Hamas to change its long-held positions, Ms. Psaki said that if President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority “were to continue to pursue reconciliation, Hamas would need to abide by these principles in order to be a part of the government.”

“So if it’s a unified government, yes, they would need to abide by these principles,” she said. But her statement did not appear to address Israel’s concerns about a unity government in which Hamas did not play a direct part.

Hamas has made it rather clear that it won’t accept them, but there’s an easy solution. Just as with the PLO, pretend it had.

The Washington Post already tried to pull that stunt to no avail. Hamas shot them down.

But subsequent comments by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas saying that a unity government led by him will recognize Israel, coupled with statements to the same effect attributed to Hamas government spokesman Taher Nunu by The Washington Post on Saturday night, prompted several Hamas officials to speak up on Sunday.

“What I was quoted as telling the American paper is wrong, and I unequivocally deny it,” Nunu told the Palestinian Qudsnet news agency. “The issue of Hamas recognizing Israel is a complete nonstarter… aimed primarily at weakening the movement’s positions on Israel.”

Nunu said he would seek legal recourse against The Washington Post for its “false report.”

If the train keeps rolling down the tracks and Abbas and Hamas maintain a united front, Washington D.C. will have two choices.

A. End the peace process farce

B. Force Israel to negotiate while claiming that once a final agreement is reached, Hamas will also be bound by it.

Guess which one Kerry and Obama will choose.

  • Gee

    I know how to negotiate with Hamas – 15,000 rounds of 155mm HE is a great opening speech. One even the Islamofascists can understand

    • BEN JABO

      Forget t your picayune HE, a mushroom cloud with to the job faster and clean out the vermin at the same time

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        Do you realize how close Gaza is to the rest of Israel? Mushroom clouds have a nasty way of traveling.

        • BEN JABO

          It is either a Mushroom Cloud or an infestation of Mooslime lice..IN any case, you have a job of housecleaning, swifter is better

        • BEN JABO

          FYI, ia am an IDF Veteran, Hativah Sheva

          • ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Kol hakavod ll Tsahal. Are you telling me that nuclear arms would be practical on Gaza?

            What would happen if the wind shifted toward Sderot or Ofakim?

            And wouldn’t it also preclude returning those who were expelled from Gaza to their homes (or at least the site of their homes)?

  • SoCalMike

    Of course Obama will break his promise and try to force Israel to negotiate with Jew-hating genocidal HAMAS.
    It’s only a question of phrasing and timing because Obama is an inveterate Jew hater and he absolutely despises the state of Israel.

  • Veracious_one

    Muslims make treaties just so they can break them…

  • Infidel4Ever

    Will Obama break a promise? A better question is: has Obama ever not broken a promise? And when will Obama throw Israel under the bus?

    • ahad_ha_amoratsim

      Give the man some credit.
      He kept his promise to put daylight between the US and Israel.

      And he’s doing his best to keep his promise that building a coal-fired electric plant will bankrupt you.

      • BEN JABO

        I just read the Mass. has dropped their version of Obummer care, which the U.S. used as model for the ACA

        • ahad_ha_amoratsim

          So the Democrats like to claim. I gotta believe that MA’s plan was not as dumb as the ACA. Certainly MA’s plan did not slap a tax on insulin pumps, wheel chairs, iron lungs, pacemakers, and other durable medical equipment. And it didn’t slash flexible spending accounts. I’m sure there were other differences, too.

  • BEN JABO

    Obama and his promises, simply doesn’t compute
    If you like your Doctor, Yada yada yada

  • BEN JABO

    What puzzles the most are the Jews that follow him as he tries to lead us to his version of the Holocaust

  • ahad_ha_amoratsim

    He will certainly try.
    And there’s plenty of precedent; lots of other POTUS’s have broken promises to Israel. Even George W. Bush, possibly the most pro-Israel POTUS in recent years, allowed his Sec. of State Condi Rice to force Israel to allow Hamas to participate in the PA elections, in clear violation of the Oslo accords.
    As for Ike, Reagan, GHW Bush, Clinton? Let me count the ways. To say nothing of perfidious Jimmy.

    • BEN JABO

      If others lied about it, is no excuse for Obummer to do likewise

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        I was not excusing him. I was afraid he would be a disaster for the US-Israel relationship, the US economy, anti-semitism, health care, personal liberties, race relations, US foreign policy and influence, and many other issues.
        He has exceeded my expecations by being an even bigger disaster than I had feared.

      • ahad_ha_amoratsim

        Agreed. Not to mention that Obummer has lied to Israel and her supporters more frequently and more blatantly than his predecessors, and has spread or endorsed more slander about Israel than any POTUS with the possible exception of Carter.