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Who Needs Egypt when the EU Is Squarely behind Hamas?

European governments including Britain are increasing their back-channel contacts with Hamas, all but ignoring the official EU policy of maintaining political isolation over the terrorist organization that continues to see the destruction of the Jewish State as its primary goal.

According to the Guardian, four senior Hamas officials have stated that their ongoing communication with the EU is alive and well.

Over the past few months, the Guardian reported, meetings between Hamas and European government representatives and intermediaries have taken place in Gaza and in Cairo, as well as in European capitals, according to the same Hamas officials.

The EU banned contact between its member states and Hamas following its takeover of the Gaza Strip in 2007, and, officially, Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the EU.

The Hamas officials who spoke to the Guardian declined to give specific details of who met whom and where. “These countries trust us not to disclose information about contacts,” said Ahmed Yousef, a member of Hamas’s shura council, and a former deputy foreign minister.

“We try to keep the contacts low-profile because it causes trouble. We prefer not to talk about it but I can guarantee that most European countries are interested in opening doors to Hamas.”

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7 Responses to “Who Needs Egypt when the EU Is Squarely behind Hamas?”

  1. Egypt is openly against Hamas, Europe is for Hamas. Europe criticizes Obama for his Middle East policy mistakes, but Europe mistakes are much worse for Europe: by legitimizing Hamas, Europe encourages the radical Muslims in Europe.

  2. Egypt is openly against Hamas, Europe is for Hamas. Europe criticizes Obama for his Middle East policy mistakes, but Europe mistakes are much worse for Europe: by legitimizing Hamas, Europe encourages the radical Muslims in Europe.

  3. Abshalom Saša René Hoyer says:

    Not bad for an American newspaper… always the same critizism about Europe, fit into a very symplistic article without sources.
    I agree that Europe is mistaken, but their problems and interests in the Middle East are somewhat different than those of the U.S.
    It might not be clever to follow this kind of critizism, Jews should just understand all interests in the region better, the U.S. will let us fall if interests are not theirs, Europe might react more flexible, more chaotic maybe, but their knowledge about colonisation is different, and more connected and dependend on Russia.
    The U.S. might loose it all if it only has a big mouth, and miscalculates the future results.

  4. Alan Kardon says:

    Abshalom Saša René Hoyer So what do you suggest we do to stop EU from supporting terrorists?

  5. Gil Gilman says:

    Who cares what Europe does or who it supports? Hamas is headed for doom along with all terrorists and their supporters. Let them all fall into the pit together.

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    Who cares what Europe does or who it supports? Hamas is headed for doom along with all terrorists and their supporters. Let them all fall into the pit together.

  7. I think there is a mistake in the posting of Abshalom: he is responding to the article, not to my comment. Of course Abshalom is right, in every detail: the interests of Europe are different than the interests of the USA, The US will let us fall if the leader[s] do not think it in their interest to honor their commitments when called for, like the US let Israel down in 1967. The US will attack Iran and probably will not help an Israel attack on Iran, but perhaps will give Israel some protection from retaliation

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