Obama and Kerry Pressure Israel to Leave Hamas Alone

July 28, 2014
Joseph Klien, FPM

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President Obama is seeking to pressure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into agreeing to an immediate unconditional ceasefire. In a phone call on Sunday, Obama reportedly told the Israeli prime minister that such a ceasefire was “a strategic imperative.” Obama specifically referred to the ceasefire proposed by Secretary of State John Kerry, which Israel’s security cabinet rejected unanimously last Friday.

Israel has been willing to observe several humanitarian pauses, primarily on a unilateral basis. Hamas went along with one 24-hour pause during the first part of the weekend and then resumed its rocket firings. After Hamas proposed its own additional 24-hour pause on Sunday, which Israel was willing to accept, Hamas nevertheless kept firing its rockets.

Kerry’s proposal was inadequate to protect Israel’s security concerns. It would have left the remaining tunnels used by Hamas to infiltrate Israel in place, which Israel simply could not accept. According to a leaked draft document of the proposal that both Aljazeera and Haaretz were reported to have obtained, Kerry’s ceasefire proposal skirted the specific concerns raised by Israel about allowing the tunnels to remain intact and letting Hamas keep its weapons stockpiles. Instead, it focused on opening the border crossings, with no specific security monitoring plan in place to ensure that Hamas would not build up its military capabilities even further. It called for the “withdrawal of IDF from Gaza Strip” and the end to any “military or security targeting of each other.” With the IDF gone and no more “security targeting,” that means the tunnels and remaining rockets would stay put for Hamas’s later use.

Moreover, under the Kerry proposal, the parties would begin discussing, within 48 hours of cessation of fighting, much of the Hamas agenda:

“arrangements to secure the opening of border and non-border crossings, allow the entry of goods and people and ensure the social and economic livelihood of the Palestinian people living in Gaza, including fishing rights up to 12nm, transfer funds to Gaza for the payment of salaries for public employees, and address security issues.”

After Kerry continued his discussions in Paris with foreign ministers from two of the leading Hamas supporting countries, Turkey and Qatar, President Obama tried to put the squeeze on Prime Minister Netanyahu to effectively leave the Israeli people exposed to more rocket fire and Hamas infiltration into Israel from their remaining intact tunnels. Obama and Kerry are so eager to seek peace at any cost that they evidently did not include representatives from Egypt or even from the Palestinian Authority in the high level Paris discussions. As a result, even the Palestinian Authority is disgusted with the Obama administration. Walid Assad, one of the spokespersons of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, complained of Kerry’s “appeasement” of Qatar and Turkey.

The Obama administration’s deference to Qatar, home to a major U.S. air base, is no doubt motivated in part by all the money that Qatar has committed just recently to spend on purchasing Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles. An $11 billion deal was announced on July 14th. Qatar provides support to Hamas and other jihadists threatening peace and security in the region. Apparently, the Obama administration is not worried or does not care that some of those missiles and helicopters could well find their way to the wrong hands.

As for Turkey, President Obama considers its Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan to be his “personal friend.” Obama’s buddy is the same guy who just a few days ago said that “You can see what Israel does to Palestine, to Gaza right now, surpasses what Hitler did to them. We do not accept this persecution, the massacre, the genocide by Israel.” Obama let this scurrilous remark pass without a word of rebuke in defense of America’s closest ally in the Middle East. And it comes from the leader of the same country that committed genocide against the Armenians and has illegally invaded and occupied northern Cyprus.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief (IHH) is planning another effort to break Israel’s lawful sea blockade of Gaza. The last one back in 2010 led to a violent confrontation with the Israeli Defense Force. This time, according to the IHH, it will have the protection of the Turkish navy.

While Obama was on the phone Sunday pressuring Israel’s leader to cave in to the demands of Hamas’s Turkish and Qatari protectors, Hamas’s political leader Khaled Meshaal, living in luxury in Qatar, received a phone call of assurance on Sunday from Hamas’s main arms supplier, Iran. Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council, is reported to have told Meshaal not to worry about depleting Hamas’s stockpile of weapons. More will be on the way.

DebkaFile has advanced a very plausible theory as to why Obama and Kerry are tilting towards the Qatar-Turkey axis, which is trying to protect Hamas’s ability to live and fight another day. At the same time, Obama and Kerry are tilting against the Israel-Egypt-Saudi Arabia triumvirate, who are united in their resolve to severely curtail the threat that Hamas poses in the region once and for all. It is all about Iran. According to DebkaFile’s analysis:

“So why is the Obama administration shoving this powerful coalition out of his way and building a rival alliance to counter it?

Its primary motive is fear that if this group is allowed to make the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip a success, it will become the springboard for its next move, a victorious assault on Iran.

This sequence of events would totally derail current US Middle East policy, which hinges on détente with Tehran, Obama’s advisers warn him, and even jeopardize his strategy for bringing the nuclear negotiations between the six world powers and Iran to a successful conclusion.”

The Obama administration just last week agreed to a four month extension of the negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. It does not want anything to possibly get in its way of making a deal with Iran.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu does not give in to the Obama administration pressure, it is quite possible that the administration will back a UN Security Council resolution proposed by Jordan directing that there be an unconditional immediate ceasefire and that the border crossings be opened. Israel will then be forced to choose between doing what it has to do to protect its citizens and bowing to the so-called “international community’s” edict. The Jewish state has no choice but to follow its own course for its survival.

 

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.

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  1. @ Bill Levinson:

    “WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS WITH 1000 HAMAS TERRORISTS THAN WITH ONE SINGLE ISRAELI”

    This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in Netanya.

    You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory statement.

    One would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be marching on this business and that the National Guard might have to be called to keep the angry crowds back.

    But, perhaps in these stressful times one might be tempted to let the proprietors simply make their statement . . .

    We are a society which holds Freedom of Speech as perhaps our greatest liberty. And after all, it is just a sign. You may ask what kind of business would dare post such a sign?

    Answer:
    The Chevra Kadisha !

    (Who said morticians had no sense of humor?)

  2. Jonathan Said:

    The desire to protect the nation and rid the world of terrorists is identical in each case and yet Israel is asked to stop fighting to enable the terrorists to re-arm? Why?

    Th radical left has brainwashed so many individuals in various countries saying Jews and by extension the only Jewish state/Israel are responsible for all the “evils’ of the world. There is a wrong notion: ‘we should stand with little guys”. Such erroneous belief sees virtue in weakness by ignoring wickedness. Those who adhere to such diabolical belief think that Israel is the strongest country compared to its enemies and therefore should be considered as an “aggressor” or/and “oppressor”. The radical left also believe that Israel is an “occupier” because of a repeated lies and propaganda over the last 47 years in denial of a historical fact which clearly shows the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea belong to Israel.
    It is good to vigorously fight the so called “occupation” PA, Hamas and anti-Semites are using to justify terrorist acts against Israel thereby winning in the court of public opinion even when they were repeatedly defeated in previous wars.

  3. The world cheered as the United States conquered Afghanistan, fought the terrorists and changed the government. They ignored the collateral damage of killing innocent civilians.
    The world cheered when the United States attacked Iraq, killed its dictator and changed the government. They ignored the collateral damage of killing innocent civilians.
    However when Israel does the same thing in Gaza, the world counts every civilian killed and calls for a ceasefire.
    The desire to protect the nation and rid the world of terrorists is identical in each case and yet Israel is asked to stop fighting to enable the terrorists to re-arm? Why?

  4. Its primary motive is fear that if this group is allowed to make the Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip a success, it will become the springboard for its next move, a victorious assault on Iran.

    leaving the US out of being the grand orchestrater.

  5. @ NormanF:

    BB has a politcal problem

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

    Poll: 87%:7% Continue operation, 69%17% Destroy Hamas
    Dr. Aaron Lerner – IMRA 27 July 2014

    Poll commissioned by Channel 10 news carried out by the Sarid Institute and reported today:

    Do you support continuing the operation or a complete ceasefire?

    Continue 87% Ceasefire 7% Don’t know 6%

    Should the operation in the Gaza Strip conclude with bringing down the Hamas regime?

    Yes 69% No 17% Don’t know 14%
    ________________________________________
    IMRA – Independent Media Review and Analysis

  6. AbbaGuutuu Said:

    Israel is in good company with Egypt and Saudi Arabia than those who side with terrorist Hamas and its supporters (Qatar and Turkey).

    (Qatar, Turkey and the USA)

    FIFY!!!

  7. Israel is in good company with Egypt and Saudi Arabia than those who side with terrorist Hamas and its supporters (Qatar and Turkey).

  8. Israel is destroying the tunnels but that is all is can be achieved. Israel is not going to be allowed to destroy Hamas. And even if Netanyahu wanted to, Israel would have to occupy Gaza permanently to prevent the evil weed from going back. I understand the frustration but Netanyahu is not one to stand up to Obama. He is not the kind of leader who wants victory. Any one who expected him to be Churchill was going to be disappointed. He never said he wanted to overthrow Hamas. And Obama would never allow it to happen.

  9. So are we there? Is this it? Is this finally, “Easov and Ishmael gathered against Jerusalem”? Has the Messianic moment arrived or about to – please God!?