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Aftermath of a Grad rocket attack on Beer Sheva, 2012

Israeli civilians, rest assured: Hamas has promised the United States the organization would honor a 2009 “ceasefire” following Operation Cast Lead, in exchange for US recognition of the freedom fighters’ participation in the Palestinian Authority government. As such, Hamas has pledged not to fire rockets at Israeli civilians from its base in the Gaza Strip.

According to a report published Thursday on the BuzzFeed website, US officials extracted the far-reaching commitment during six months of secret talks between US and Hamas officials in Jordan, Egypt and Qatar. US Secretary of State John Kerry also warned the radical Islamic group that President Obama has his eye on the group and would be “monitor(ing)” the group over the next several months.

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Since the end of Operation Cast Lead, more than 1,000 rockets and mortars have been fired at civilian targets in southern Israel from the Gaza Strip. The group made no commitment to refrain from drive-by shootings, suicide bombs, rocket attacks from Judea and Samaria, stoning Israeli cars, or anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incitement.

It is unclear from reports whether the freedom fighters were required to give promises to curb honor killings, to grant freedom of assembly to opposition groups or whether or not Hamas had pledged to distribute international aid to hospitals and refugee camps in the Gaza Strip.

There is also no indication that Hamas was required to comply with long-standing US policy – recognise Israel’s right to exist, renounce terror, abide by previous agreements – in order to obtain Washington’s stamp of approval.

State Department officials claimed to have no knowledge of the secret negotiations and said that assertions of  back channel talks were “completely untrue.” But BuzzFeed quoted at least one US official who said it was important to “have that line of communication” with yet another Islamist group in the Middle East.

“Our administration needed to hear from them that this unity government would move toward democratic elections, and toward a more peaceful resolution with the entire region,” said the US official.

In addition to a recognition and legitimacy, US sources said Wednesday that the Obama administration would continue to fund the Palestinian Authority, despite American law that bans funding terror groups.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. If Buzzfeed is credible and this is true, it only serves to prove how foolish the US leadership is. Hamas promised to stop firing missiles and to honor a ceasefire which died days after its signing, 5 years ago. My memory isn't so bad as to forget that even then, Hamas blamed the missile firings on Islamic Jihad, passing the blame and hiding behind another group allowed to exist in Gaza by Hamas. This sounds like yet another Taquiyya joke on Team Obama. Arabs are great at lying and using proxies. No one should negotiate with terrorists. Ever.

  2. Roger surely the American people must be so sick of this President and embarrassed at what he is doing.I live in UK and we fair much the same as you,we have a very weak Government who is so politically correct.Just recently they passed some legislation that allows a muslim nurse not to wash their hands when they treat patients.The muslims say that it compromises their dignity under Shariah law.

  3. • 37 minutes ago
    ARE WE GRASSHOPPERS OR ARE WE MEN AND WOMEN ISRAEL?

    The biggest error Bibi and the left have made is an assumption that Israel has only one ally in the world, the US, and must cowtow matter who or what the POTUS says, no matter how wrong or weak he is.

    In the end the Israeli leadership believe they are grasshoppers.

    The Israeli left and Bibi need to be convinced of their power- that they have more than they believe they do.

    The power of that relationship is based on something that the POTUS cannot manipulate easily.: The American People are not that easily manipulated because the values of Israel are the same as those of America.

    By contrast the Arab society represents EVERYTIHING America despises: intolerance, cruelty, hatred of America, political violence, civil right abuses, hatred of women, gays etc.

    These are things that the POTUS cannot easily change. Also our domestic constituency. The Jews, rights wing Christians.

    US supports Israel because of a valuable domestic program (military) that protects American workers with good jobs. This support comes from Congress, hence the relationship is economic, not in the political ability of the POTUS to turn on and off to punish Israel.

    As for BDS, it's a bluff, the American trade laws cannot be abrogated with the stroke of a pen.

    One of Bibi's biggest failures above all has been to not properly using the American Jewish community and Israeli supporters to defang Obama and reign him in. He has allowed Obama's policy of distancing itself and damaging Israel to go unchallenged in the US via Bibi's own submissiveness. In other words if he says the two state solution is in the interests of Israel, there iso nothing we here in the US as supporters can do. He has us ham stringed.

    Thus, Obama has been empowered by Bibi's actions. Bibi has done more than just go along. He has told the US that everything that is going on is in Israel's interest- a domestic and political imperative. He has defanged us here in the US from brining Obama down. So if Bibi says publicly that he goes along with Obama, how can we oppose him here in the US.—we Jews in the US and our Congress cannot be more Catholic than the Pope

    I believe that ISRAEL has way more power than she exercises contrary to what Bibi and the left believes.
    in Israel

    If Israel's leaders truly desire to surrender the country and capitulate, there is all the time in the world — however we can FIGHT FIRST.

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