Forget About Us Recognizing Israel, Hamas Tells Obama
Monday, May 23, 2011
(CNSNews.com) – “The U.S. administration will fail, just as all others have in the past, in forcing Hamas to recognize [Israel],” a Hamas spokesman declared Sunday after President Obama once again pressed the terrorist group to relinquish violence and recognize Israel’s right to exist.
Sami Abu Zuhri, spokesman for the group that controls the Gaza Strip, reiterated a stand which, in Obama’s own words, should make it impossible for Israel to negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas.
Hamas and its rival, Fatah – Palestinian Authority (P.A.) chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ movement – early this month signed a reconciliation agreement and agreed to establish a “unity” government.
Addressing an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington on Sunday, Obama said the Fatah-Hamas agreement “poses an enormous obstacle to peace,” adding that “no country can be expected to negotiate with a terrorist organization sworn to its destruction.”
His answer to that dilemma was not to call on Abbas, Israel’s professed “peace partner,” to shun Hamas and crack down on its terror activities – as he is committed to do under signed agreements – but rather to urge Hamas to change. Obama also did not say what Israel should do if Hamas does not.
“We will continue to demand that Hamas accept the basic responsibilities of peace: recognizing Israel’s right to exist, rejecting violence, and adhering to all existing agreements,” Obama said.
Abu Zuhri’s statement made clear Hamas has no intention of following the advice.
Another Hamas official, Salah al-Bardwil, was quoted by Israel’s Yediot Ahronot as saying Obama’s comments Sunday on the Fatah-Hamas unity deal amounted to “blatant interference in the Palestinian internal affairs” and “an attempt to continue to deepen the Palestinian rift in order to please Israel.”
Abbas and his spokesmen have not reacted but the P.A. leadership will reportedly meet in Ramallah on Wednesday to discuss the path ahead following Obama’s major Mideast speech last Thursday.
That speech triggered a storm over Obama’s comments about Israel retreating to the “1967 lines,” with mutually-agreed land swaps – controversy the president sought to suppress in his AIPAC address by saying that he had stated in public “what has long been acknowledged privately.”
Also deeply troubling to Israel in Thursday’s speech were Obama’s less-than-forceful comments about Hamas. Addressing the pro-Israel audience on Sunday, he used far stronger language about the group, which the U.S. has designated a “foreign terrorist organization” since 1997.
Hamas leader Khalil Al-Hayya (Photo: Hamas Izzadin al-Qassam Brigades Web site)
Hamas’ refusal to repudiate violence and recognize Israel underscores should make any P.A. government that includes Hamas ineligible for U.S. support and funding, according to congressional critics. So far the adminstration has adopted a “wait and see approach.”
A Hamas leader said Sunday the reconciliation deal with Fatah strengthens the Hamas’ approach to the conflict – the approach of armed “resistance.”
Khalil Al-Hayya said the agreement had “boosted the resistance” and urged Fatah to “stand united behind the program of resistance since it is the only one capable of ending the occupation.”
The “occupation,” in Hamas’ view, is the entire state of Israel, as established in 1948 – not merely the territories captured from Jordanian and Egyptian control in 1967. The Hamas covenant dates its struggle against the “Zionist invaders” to the late 1930s.
Further underlining Israel’s concerns about Hamas’ ideology and agenda, Hamas lawmaker and Islamic cleric Yunis al-Astal in a recent interview predicted a “great massacre” in years to come.
From Financial Times.com
Fatah and Hamas sign reconciliation pact
By Tobias Buck in Jerusalem and Daniel Dombey in Washington
Published: May 4 2011 13:57 | Last updated: May 4 2011 19:22
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, hailed the end of “four black years”, after the Islamist Hamas movement and his own Fatah party signed a landmark reconciliation deal aimed at healing the bitter rift between the two groups.
The deal promises to restore unified rule over the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip and the West Bank, where the Fatah-dominated Palestinian Authority holds sway. The two parties have promised to establish a new consensus government, and have vowed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections within the next year.
Circa 2008 when Obama was running for President:
Palestinians Phonebank for Obama
A television news segment produced by Al-Jazeera shows Palestinians in Gaza engaging in phone banking activities for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.
The segment explains how young Palestinians have banded together to call American voters at random asking them to vote for Obama.
“It all started at the time of the US primaries,” says one of pro-Obama Palestinian organizers. “After studying Obama’s electro campaign manifesto I thought this is a man that’s capable of change inside of America. As for potential change in the Middle East, he can also do that if he can bring peace to the area. At least this is what we hope.”
Townhall was tipped off to the video by American Spectator’s Phillip Klein, who wrote Tuesday “It’s been around, but I’m just now seeing this Al Jazeera report of Palestinians in Gaza phonebanking for Obama. I hear that Hamas, which has endorsed Obama, has a bit of influence in those parts.”
Ahmed Yousef, a political adviser of the anti-Israel terrorist group Hamas said Hamas supports Obama last Sunday.
“We don’t mind–actually we like Mr. Obama. We hope he will (win) the election and I do believe he is like John Kennedy, great man with great principle, and he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community but not with domination and arrogance,” Yousef said in an interview on WABC radio.
In recent days, Obama’s position on the Isreali-Palestinian conflict has been scrutinized. One of his Middle East advisers, Robert Malley, resigned over the weekend after reporters found Malley had met with Hamas.
Islam Permits Lying to Deceive Unbelievers and Bring World Domination!
Islam permits lying! It is called “Al-taqiyya.” One Muslim said that Al-taqiyya means dissimulation then he expanded it to diplomacy but he should have gone further to deception. Now some Muslims who do not follow the Koran are as faithful Americans as any of us, but the problem is, we cannot know.
Muslims lie when it is in their interest to do so and “Allah” will not hold them accountable for lying when it is beneficial to the cause of Islam. They can lie without any guilt or fear of accountability or retribution. A lie in the defense of Islam is approved even applauded in their “holy” books.
Muslims are permitted to lie: (1) to save their lives, (2) to reconcile a husband and wife, (3) to persuade a woman into a bedroom and (4) to facilitate one on his journey. Muslims are even permitted to disavow Islam and Mohammed if it is not a genuine heart-felt rejection. Muslims will tell you that concealment of a truth is not an abandonment of that truth if it benefits Islam.
Mohammed gave permission for a follower to lie in order to kill a Jewish poet who had offended Mohammed. I could provide many examples of permissible lying from the Koran and Hadith and will do so when my critics accuse me of hatred and bigotry because of this column. My motives are not important but the truth is. However, many unprincipled people do not consider truth important. It is political correctness that sits on the throne to be worshiped.
Muslims may appear very sincere; in fact, they are sincere, when they lie for their own protection or in the cause of Islam. They have permission to lie. Yes, Christians have also lied but never are they given permission to lie. However, a Muslim has no guilt since the Koran and Hadith permit his deception.