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What Is It about US Policy that Fails to Understand the Hamas Factor?


Kerry's eyes are fixed on a piece of peace and not a paper of peace.

Kerry's eyes are fixed on a piece of peace and not a paper of peace.

With US Secretary of State John Kerry due back in Jerusalem in two days time, and Mahmoud Abbas and his Palestinian Authority flush with the sense of having achieved something important by getting 26 more of their convicted killers out of jail and back in the villages, it’s an appropriate time to take a moment to reflect about the Islamist terrorist group, Hamas.

What role does it play in the relentless peace process?

Jonathan D. Halevi, an analyst at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has just come out with a paper whose title gives the conclusion away: “Hamas: Abbas Does Not Represent the Palestinians in Negotiations“. He reminds us that Hamas does not recognize Abbas as a legitimate president. Abbas, in fact, does not have Hamas’ permission to even visit their turf, Gaza.

Some excerpts:

  • The Hamas movement, which in the last elections (2006) won an overwhelming majority in the Palestinian Parliament, uncompromisingly opposes any negotiations with Israel, does not accept the PA as the legitimate representative of the Palestinian people, and has reiterated its firm stance that any agreement reached with Israel will be worthless and will not represent the position of the Palestinian people.
  • American policy regarding the peace process is based on the premise that it is possible to reach an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians represented by the PLO-Palestinian Authority (PA) under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen).
  • However, the PA does not represent all of the components of the Palestinian people, nor does it have a mandate to make decisions on the core political issues in the name of the Palestinian people.
  • [Hamas] “adheres to the path of struggle regardless of the resulting victims; follows the path of the martyrs until the fulfillment of our national goals and the liberation of Palestinian land; will not give up or recognize this brutal enemy; and that the struggle, God-willing, is in its highest-ever state of readiness.”
  • The American initiative ignores the fundamental situation in the Palestinian arena, and the basic fact that the Palestinian leadership in Ramallah headed by Mahmoud Abbas does not enjoy the status that would allow it to make historic decisions in the name of the Palestinian people, and certainly not decisions that are not in line with the Palestinian consensus, which supports “the return of Jerusalem to Arab and Islamic rule” and the “right of return.”
  • In fact, the camp headed by Mahmoud Abbas represents a minority in the PLO (and even within the Fatah movement), in the Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza), and in the Palestinian diaspora.
  • The PA is not capable of making historic decisions based on concessions regarding basic Palestinian positions.

We have to assume Kerry and his advisers know all of this. They presumably also know how much Hamas has lost – on all fronts – as a result of the overthrow of its ideological cousins, the Moslem Brotherhood, in Egypt. And yet the US continues to press Israel as if coming to an understanding with Abbas and his PA is the Holy Grail.

Odd, no?

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About the Author: Frimet and Arnold Roth began writing and speaking publicly soon after the murder of their fifteen year-old daughter Malki Z"L in the Jerusalem Sbarro massacre, August 9, 2001 (Chaf Av, 5761). They have both been, and are, frequently interviewed for radio, television and the print media, including CNN, BBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Al-Jazeera, and others. Their blog This Ongoing War deals with the under-appreciated price of living in a society afflicted by terrorism which, they contend, means the entire world. Frimet is a native of Queens, NY while her husband was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. They brought their family to settle in Jerusalem in 1988. They co-founded the Malki Foundation in 2001 and are deeply involved in its work as volunteers. They can be reached at thisoingoingwar@gmail.com .


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9 Responses to “What Is It about US Policy that Fails to Understand the Hamas Factor?”

  1. That’s simple! There’s a Muslim extremist in the WH

  2. For give us we voted a retard in office but I love you Israel

  3. Not if the only goal is to get a signed paper. If Peace were the goal that might be different.

  4. Anonymous says:

    this is like putting a square peg in a round hole, it aint gonna fit kerry boy.

  5. That is a great question!

  6. John Newman says:

    There must be some hatred from these playground bullies.

  7. They just don’t want to understand the hamas factor, just what is more interesting economic talking. It doesn’t matter the history, juish family that loosed somebody for terrorists etc… Just what is more profitable.

  8. Judith Ross says:

    Dallas, there is more than one Islamist in the WH!

  9. In answer to the author's question: There are two reasons why, against all odds and reason, Obama/Kerry is doing this: First, the Arab lobby in the U.S. Second, the alternative is to admit Israel is right…and the consequences of that lead to having to confront the Arab/Moslem world in the same way we confronted the Soviet Bloc over West Berlin during the Cold War. But during the Cold War we had leaders who understood what America and the West stood for, and had the resolve to defend the same. Today, we have leaders who basically don't believe in anything except their own egos, are utter cowards, and who basically hate America and have disdain for what she has stood for in a traditional sense. Our current leadership in the U.S. is not even close to being an "honest broker"…they are squarely on the side of the Palestinian terrorist thugs and their backers. Israel is on her own until there are either a) major changes in national leadership in the U.S., or b) Israel finds a new major power strategic partner (China?). Those are the hard facts. Sorry, Israel, for Obama. I never voted for him. I can't fathom why so many of my fellow Jews here supported him, particularly the second time around; this set a new standard for stupidity. Hang in there. And remember, you are NOT merely "on your own"…we have our G-d. HE has your back. Chazak!

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