Hamas’s free lunch

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Column One: Hamas's free lunch

Mar. 19, 2009

 

Caroline Glick , THE JERUSALEM POST

Today Hamas stands on the cusp of international acceptance. It may take a week or a month or a year, but today Hamas stands where Fatah and the PLO stood in the late 1980s. The genocidal jihadist terror group is but a step away from an invitation to the Oval Office. Two events in the past week show this to be the case.

First, last Saturday, The Boston Globe reported that Paul Volcker, who serves as President Barack Obama's economic recovery adviser, and several former senior US officials have written a letter to Obama calling for the US to recognize Hamas. As one of the signatories, Brent Scowcroft, who was national security adviser under president George H.W. Bush, explained, "I see no reason not to talk to Hamas."

Scowcroft further argued, "The main gist is that you need to push hard on the Palestinian peace process. Don't move it to end of your agenda and say you have too much to do. And the US needs to have a position, not just hold their coats while they sit down."

Congressional sources claim that Obama has selected Scowcroft to replace Chas Freeman as chairman of the National Intelligence Council.

The second reason that it is becoming apparent that the Obama administration is poised to recognize Hamas is that on Thursday, Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman held talks at the State Department with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and enjoined the administration to support the reestablishment of a Hamas-Fatah unity government to control and reunify the Palestinian Authority in Gaza and Judea and Samaria.

This is significant because it is becoming apparent that top administration officials only meet with people who tell them what they want to hear.

Case in point is IDF Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi's trip this week to Washington. Ashkenazi went to the US to brief top administration officials on Iran's progress toward a nuclear bomb. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Ashkenazi's counterpart, Adm. Michael Mullen, both managed to be out of town. Defense Ministry sources say that Ashkenazi only met with National Security Adviser James Jones, who reportedly wished to speak exclusively about the Palestinians, and with Clinton's Iran adviser Dennis Ross, whose role in shaping US policy toward Iran remains unclear.

Hamas, for its part, prefers the unconditional recognition recommended by Scowcroft and Volcker and their colleagues, (who include unofficial Obama advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Lee Hamilton), over the option of forming a government with Fatah. After all, why should Hamas agree to share power with Fatah to gain international acceptance if Washington power brokers close to the administration endorse unconditional recognition of the terror group?

Scowcroft's statement that recognition of Hamas is necessary because "you need to push hard on the Palestinian peace process" is indicative of how Obama's milieu views the peace process. For them, pushing hard on the peace process is more important than determining or even caring if the Palestinians involved in the said process are genocidal terror groups or not, or determining or even caring whether the said peace process has any chance whatsoever of leading to peace.

AND THE Obama view is not particularly new. After Hamas won the 2006 Palestinian elections, in the interest of the peace process, the US and the EU placed certain conditions on Hamas which they claimed it would have to meet before the West would recognize it.

The US and Europe said they would recognize Hamas if it announced that it forswore terror, accepted Israel's right to exist, and committed itself to carrying out previous agreements signed between the PLO and Israel. The Americans and the Europeans undoubtedly viewed these conditions as a low bar to cross. After all, the PLO crossed it.

The West's conditions were given with a wink and a nod. Everyone understood that the only thing it wanted was for Hamas to say the magic words. They didn't have to be true. If Khaled Mashaal and Ismail Haniyeh would just tell the US and Europe what they wanted to hear, all would be forgiven. Hamas – like the PLO before it – would be removed from the US and European terror lists. Billions would pour into the bank accounts of Hamas leaders in Gaza and Damascus. The CIA might even agree to train its terror forces.

It is obvious that all that the West wanted was for Hamas to lie to it, because that is all it ever required from the PLO. After Yasser Arafat said the magic words, the Americans and the Europeans were only too happy to ignore the fact that he was lying.

When immediately after signing the initial peace accord with Israel on the White House lawn on September 13, 1993, Arafat flew to South Africa and gave a speech calling for jihad against Israel, no one cared.

When Arafat destroyed the free press in Judea, Samaria and Gaza and transformed the Palestinian media into propaganda organs calling for the eradication of Israel and the Jewish people, the world yawned.

When he launched his terror war against Israel and his US-trained forces began plotting and carrying out bombings of Israeli civilians, the US announced its chief goal in the Middle East was to establish a Palestinian state.

And when Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas, announced that Fatah didn't accept Israel's right to exist and considered terrorism against Israel legitimate, he was declared the indispensable and sole legitimate Palestinian leader. Indeed, when his US-trained forces surrendered to Hamas in Gaza without a fight, the US showered an additional $80 million on Fatah forces.

ON TUESDAY, Fatah strongman and the West's favorite son of Palestine Muhammad Dahlan tried to explain the facts of life to Hamas.

In an interview on PA television, Dahlan became the first senior Fatah official to openly admit that Fatah has never accepted Israel's right to exist. Dahlan denied reports that in the negotiations toward a Hamas-Fatah government, Fatah representatives are pressuring Hamas to recognize Israel. In his words, "I want to say in my own name and in the name of all my fellow members of the Fatah movement, we are not asking Hamas to recognize Israel's right to exist. Rather, we are asking Hamas not to do so because Fatah never recognized Israel's right to exist."

Dahlan went on to explain how the fiction worked. Arafat was the head of the PLO but also the head of Fatah. While as chairman of the PLO he recognized Israel and pledged to end terrorism and live at peace with the Jewish state, as head of Fatah he continued his war against Israel. Dahlan even bragged that to date, Fatah has killed 10 times more Palestinians suspected of cooperating with Israel's counterterror operations (the same operations the PLO committed to assisting) than Hamas has.

Dahlan explained that all Hamas needs to do is to follow in Fatah's footsteps. It should say that the PA government accepts the West's terms, but in the meantime, those terms will remain inapplicable to Hamas as a "resistance group." In that way, Dahlan explained, Hamas will be able to receive all the West's billions in financial assistance.

As he put it, "Do you imagine that Gaza's reconstruction is possible under the shadow of this bickering between us and the international community? [Gaza reconstruction] can only be dealt with by a government… that is acceptable to the international community so that we can… benefit from the international community."

Not surprisingly, Dahlan's statement went almost completely unnoted. Only The Jerusalem Post and one or two other Jewish publications and a few anti-jihadist blogs made note of it. The US, European and pro-peace process Hebrew media all ignored it. No government spokesman anywhere in the world commented on it.

Unfortu
nately, though, for the likes of Dahlan and his admirers in the West, Hamas isn't interested in joining Fatah's fiction. It refuses to say those magic words. So now the West looks for ways to lower its bar still further.

THE WEST'S nonresponse to Dahlan's statements, like its growing eagerness to treat with Hamas despite Hamas's unabashed refusal to even lie about its intentions, tells us something important about what the West is actually doing when it says that its paramount interest is to advance the so-called peace process. It tells us the same thing that the West's courtship of Damascus and Teheran tells us about what the West means when it speaks of peace processes.

Syrian President Bashar Assad this week told Italy's La Repubblica newspaper that he and outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert were just a stone's throw away from a peace deal last year. Last week Assad participated in what was supposed to be an anti-Iranian conference in Saudi Arabia.

Both of Assad's gestures were meant to make the Americans feel comfortable as they renew their diplomatic relations with Syria, cast aside their backing for the UN tribunal set up to investigate Syria's assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri, begin pressuring Israel to surrender the Golan Heights, and recognize Hamas.

And just as Arafat understood that after he said the magic words the West would ignore his bad behavior, so Assad knew that Washington and Paris would pay no attention when upon returning from Riyadh he announced that Syria's relations with Iran will never be weakened. He knew they will never question his false account of his indirect negotiations with Israel. He and Olmert couldn't have been a stone's throw away from a peace accord, because Assad refused to have any direct contact with Israel.

If Damascus is the state equivalent of the PLO, then Teheran is the state equivalent of Hamas. Today, as the mullahs sprint toward the nuclear finish line, the Obama administration is pretending that the jury is still out on whether or not the Islamic republic wants a nuclear arsenal. As with Hamas, so with Teheran, the Americans have dropped even the pretense of requiring a change in Iran's rhetorical positions as a precondition for diplomatic recognition. The US now pursues its diplomatic reconciliation with Teheran with the sure knowledge that this peace process will lead to Iran's emergence as a nuclear power.

So the question is, if the American and European pursuits of peace with Fatah, Hamas, Syria and Iran have not caused them to change their behavior one iota, what are the Western powers talking about when they say that it is imperative to push the peace process or engage the Syrians and the Iranians? After all, Western leaders must know that these processes are complete farces.

Sadly, the answer is clear. Western leaders are not pursuing peace in these processes. They are pursuing appeasement. They call this appeasement process a peace process for two reasons. First, they know their countrymen don't like the sound of appeasement. And second, by claiming to be championing the noble goal of peace in our time, they feel free to attack anyone who points out the folly of their actions as a warmongering member of the Israel Lobby.

Originally published in The Jerusalem Post. 

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11 Comments

  • Pops in Vienna 03/20/2009 at 18:16

    Capt. Glick, it’s painful to read what you write because it’s so true. The folks in Washington better start thinking about buying up property to build Holocaust Museum II. I don’t think they should inscribe “Never Forget” over the entrance, visitors might view it as a form of sick humor.
    I think we are just going to have to leave this in G-d’s hands. All the humans involved in this great historical drama seem to be stuck on stupid; including a lot of leftie, secular Israelis.
    Actually, I think all the pinhead advisers have made the situation much more dangerous. Israel is completely backed into a corner.
    Netanyahu will either have to strike out boldly on his own or begin making logistical arrangements with friendly German railroad executives to manage transporation to idylic resettlement camps.
    Remember, work makes free!
    Mazel tov,
    Pops

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  • Marcel Cousineau 03/20/2009 at 18:43

    ‘They are pursuing appeasement.’
    You and the majority of Israel still miss the big picture ,Caroline.
    The West with America at the forefront are not pursuing appeasment but the final,final solution.
    You still can’t face the reality that America’s unspoken policy towards Israel is ;
    No Israel equals Middle East peace and happy moslems around the globe.
    It seems the children of the first holocuast are as blind and naive as their parents and grandparents were.
    You expected anything different ?
    If Israel is so stupid to not defeat Hamas and Hizbollah and run’s to the West for help and security than Israel will suffer the consequences of it’s suicidal stupidity.
    Of course Israel makes it so easy for it’s treacherous friends and phony allies to betray them because Israel act like lowly slaves with their standard ‘Yas sur masta,boss’ and place these evil western leaders above Hashem.
    As with Israel’s ancient history ,the majority will not learn from their folly until it is too late.That is the price of idol worship, putting anyone and anything ahead of Hashem.

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  • Bill K. 03/21/2009 at 8:31

    Without a doubt the West is pursuing appeasement of the Islamists but what does this have to do in any serious way with Israel’s security? Israel is ultimately its own worst enemy. Let’s take the example of the war against Hamas at the start of the year.
    If there ever was a sure bet in war it was Israel’s war against Hamas. From what I have read the Israeli military intelligence was superb. The location of Hamas operatives was carefully plotted and a lot of them were killed during the war. Many of the tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were destroyed. The huge Hamas cache of munitions were destroyed. Of course the IDF was vastly superior to Hamas in every conceivable way.
    Israel was even holding its own in the propaganda war. Hamas only had any sympathy with the nihilistic left that welcomes any attempt to destroy civilization. To most others Hamas was reprehensible and there would be no regrets at its loss. The Bush and even the Obama administrations made a feeble attempt or two to end the fighting and then gave up. Even many Mideast countries did not care for Hamas. In short Hamas was on its own except for Iran, Syria and Hezbollah and they were about to wash their hands of any further involvement.
    Even at the lazy pace Israel was fighting the war at they could have worn Hamas away to nothing in a few more weeks. Today the Hamas problem could have been history. But just as in the 2006 Lebanon war Israel, with far less justification, stopped short of victory. Today Hamas is back to where is was before the war and about to get stronger.
    Are the Obama administration’s overtures to Iran, Syria and Hamas reprehensible and treacherous.? Certainly, and in the United States we will pay for this appeasement at some point. But why must Israel blindly follow the U.S. over the cliff? Israel is on the front lines of the fight against Islamic totalitarianism while Washington sits safely across the ocean, or thinks it does.
    Israel must take the lead in dealing with the with the threats to it and refuse to subordinate itself to the appeasers in Washington and Europe. If Israel acts firmly and confidently against its enemies the West may not like it at first but eventually they will see the wisdom of it. The Israeli attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak is the perfect example.

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  • Ken Besig 03/21/2009 at 23:26

    I share your concern that the Obama Administration is trying to appease the Arabs and the militant Moslems and if that means Obama’s tossing Israel over the side, then that is what he will do.
    On the bright side however, the Obama Administration seems to be totally incompetent at every task it engages, can seemingly only attract the same useless and empty has beens from previous Democratic administrations, and is utterly leaderless in terms of problem definition, focus and concentration, and mission.
    Indeed, Barack Obama behaves like a child suddenly given a toy store, utterly amazed at all the wonderful things he has but without a clue as to which toy to pick up first.
    Sure many of his advisors are worrisome, and his choice of which international issues to deal with seriously is still unclear, but if his treatment of America’s economic meltdown is any indication of his political prowess, then Israel has very little to worry about in the diplomatic and security spheres from Barack Obama.

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  • Ron Grandinetti, USA 03/22/2009 at 3:12

    Caroline I wish I could offer a positive prognosis unfortunately with the Obama administration being as it is we need God to right the ship.
    By now I think most Americans are embarrassed with this president. I mentioned once before like children playing house, Obama is playing president and he is finding it difficult to be presidential.
    He is lost without the teleprompter and Axel Grease providing the data and most recently he even read the wrong script and made a fool of himself. He is a rock star and likes to show up as a guest on the late show. There again without a teleprompter he made a comment that required him to apologize to the head of the Special Olympics Organization
    The cast of characters he assembled such as Scowcroft, Brzezinski and Lee Hamilton (a real jerk who served on the 9-11 commission and is overly impressed with himself).
    I would venture to say you could color the group anti-Semitic. They appear to be foolishly attempting to appease the Arabs at the expense of Israel. It’s not going to work and I trust the Israeli government puts them on notice not to expect any deviation from their position in dealing with the Arab groups. Again, the Golan Heights is not for sale to anyone especially Syria and it’s not available for the US to give.
    Caroline the Israeli government needs to stand tall.

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  • Dan 03/22/2009 at 7:35

    Hamas is already being internationally funded, ————— what did you expect?
    Did you expect that international recognition would not soon follow that funding?
    When Hamas took over after the elections during Bush’s 2d term, there were threats that funding would cease.
    But who made good on that threat?
    Did Europe?
    Did The United States?
    Wasn’t it rather that there was an immediate chorus chanting that any attempt to dry up funding would “send Gaza over the edge,” would tend to “radicalize” Gaza?
    I think you’ve took your eye off the ball.
    Hezbollah and Hamas are growing in strength BECAUSE Tehran is growing in strength.
    Take down Tehran, and by doing so, ipso facto, en passant, you take down Hezbollah, Hamas as well as Tehran’s chief lieutenant in the region, Damascus.
    Who funds Hezbollah? Does Syria have the financial wherewithall to engage in SUSTAINED funding of Hezbollah?
    Would the Arab powers step into the breech to sustain Hezbollah, would they do likewise for Hamas?
    Won’t you immediately isolate Damascus by removing the crutch she leans on, Tehran?
    EVERYTHING in the Mideast is tremendously influenced by the dark gravitational forces coming from Tehran, and all the terror forces are beginning to enter into orbit there around, including the Sunni terror groups, such as Al Qaeda and Hamas.
    The answer is a neutron strike on Tehran’s ruling clique.
    Get them all.
    Their Manhattan project STEMS from the ruling religious council, it isn’t a national aspiration as apologists for the regime contend.
    So take out Tehran’s leadership, in a genuine decapitation strike, then deal with the Manhattan project afterwards, during the vast power struggle that will immediately occur.
    Things are serious, things are DIRE and things are ominous.
    You’re running out of options, and every day that you allow to pass by, while focusing on the doings of Hamas, even those limited options are narrowing.
    ACT NOW!
    Do it now while the Obama administration is looking like a pack of Keystone Kops, act now while the whole world is coming to grips with the utter incompetence of that false messiah Obama.
    DO IT NOW!

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  • cx@rockwoodwest.com USA 03/22/2009 at 12:21

    Everything I read in these columns and elsewhere points towards three things:
    1) War,
    2) The complete isolation of Israel within the international community, and
    3) The disintegration of American power.

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  • Marcel Cousineau 03/22/2009 at 13:49

    Obama is the Holy One of Israel’s judgment on America.
    By the time God is finished with us we will be less than a Bananna Republic,just a mound of ash and rubble.
    Is anyone in Israel capable of saying no to this not ready for prime time punk Barak ?
    Without faith in God Israel will bow to every punk.
    The Haifa failed terrorist attack should help Israel wake up and tell the U.S. to ‘GO TO HELL’,but is there anyone in Israel brave enough to stand up to Goliath or do they all tremble in fear like their ancestors did except for one Jewish child (Melek David) filled with real faith ?
    The U.S. is furious that Israel maintains sovereignty over Jerusalem and removed illegally built arab homes there.
    The U.S. loves a weak and impotent Israel that obeys it’s every command and serves it’s interests alone.
    Thats why America,the inventor of the U.N. is evil.
    Communique from the U.S.,E.U.,U.N. to Israel’s leadership –
    Israel, remove the checkpoints which hinder the Palestinian terrorists from ‘free’ travel and do this for our peace process.
    We will train more of your enemies in Jericho and allow Gaza to become a center for Israel’s annahilation.
    You must stop resisting our final solution for the Middle East where peace will come when you are gone.

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  • Luigi Frascati, Canada 03/23/2009 at 5:53

    Ms. Glick,
    I must echo the comment of reader Bill K. and take it a step further.
    If indeed Israel intends to continue with its ties to the West, which is not in my view the only option available as I have stated several times before, Israel’s policy with regards to its neighbors must be one of fully pursuing the advancement of its own goals, interests and priorities with total disregard for the wishes and will of the EU and the US, not to mention the UN. Since Israel is branded by many as a pariah State already, it may very well start acting like one.
    What you define as policy of appeasement on the part of the West, I view as self-defeatism plain and simple. Appeasement is merely the proximate result of self-defeatism. The widespread perception in both North America and Europe is that we just can no longer be first in the world, we cannot continue to impose our will so as to shape the policies of other countries, governments and people. Hence we accept more or less reluctantly the will of those governments, countries and people who oppose us. We yield to the demands of our foes in a more or less conciliatory tone, we try to bridge the gap, to mend our differences, we renege our principles so as to show our sworn enemies that we are reasonable, we justify their criticism towards us by trying to think like them. And so we say yes to Hamas and no to Israel, we go talk to Syria and want to talk to Iran just as well.
    If you can’t beat them, join them.
    We cloak our self-defeatism with pragmatism. We justify the surrender of our principles by convincing ourselves that this is the only way to achieve concrete results. Hence we offer a “Reset” button to the Russians informing them that we are no longer our former, ugly selves. We tell the North Koreans they shouldn’t launch their Taepodong 2 on April 4, but if they do … well, so be it. We tell the Mullahs they shouldn’t build an atomic bomb but then again if they do – and they will – well … too bad.
    We thrive in our sense of sufficiency by living in the present tense only.
    Sounds like the Obama Administration? It is. One day they will discover in Washington the truth in the old dictum “He that makes himself a sheep, the wolf will eat him”. However, just because this is the way things are in North America today, there is no need for you in Jerusalem to discover at your expense the truthfulness of that same old dictum.
    Here is an article portraying Brent Scowcroft’s less than heroic reflections on America, in a speech given at Harvard a week prior to the last elections. The full text can be viewed at :
    http://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/18644/brent_scowcroft
    _addresses_international_issues_facing
    _the_next_president.html
    Says the former National Security Adviser: “The image of the United States in the world is not good now. In fact, in the years I’ve been traveling around the world I think it has never been less… We’ve always had the benefit of the doubt. We don’t have that anymore.”
    And continues Scowcroft “We now face a world that is very different from the world the National Security Council has done so well in helping the president with … Many of the conflicts that we face now and in the future will not be great wars, but dealing with civil wars, or wars with non-state actors. Partly fighting, partly nation building”.
    Non-state actors: that sounds pretty much like Hamas.
    In essence Scowcroft is saying that the “image” of the United States is worth more than a bunch of stubborn Jews. Hence, the heck with them.
    Self defeatism, you know, starts with ego. And there is plenty of ego going around in the United States: the “only remaining superpower”, the “Land of the Free”, “the best Army the world has ever seen” and so on. Scowcroft is correct to the extent that the image of America throughout the world has never been much to begin with. But at least before America was “The Land of the Wealthy”. Now it has turned into “The Land of the Poor and Half-broke”. You know there is something very wrong when the Chinese leadership lectures America on the responsibility, or lack thereof, of its capitalistic policies. No wonder, then, that even the benefit of the doubt is gone – big time.
    Here’s what the Russians have understood of the “Reset” advances made by Mrs. Clinton:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/usDollarRpt/idUSLJ93633020090319
    So much for the hegemony of American Capitalism worldwide. If Russia, China, India and Brazil go ahead with the implementation of a new reserve currency to replace the Dollar … well, yeah Mr. Scowcroft, you don’t have the benefit of the doubt anymore – no kidding.
    But even more important and dangerous is Scowcroft’s assessment that the wars of the future will not be great wars. This is wishful thinking, to say the least. Facing the likes of a million North Korean soldiers, three million Chinese across from Taiwan, another million or so if the matter of Pakistan goes haywire and, of course, another 1.5 million troops ready to be deployed by Russia one would hardly be inclined to take Scowcroft’s assessment as absolute. Yet, apparently this Administration has done so even before Scowcroft was appointed, since it is cutting the Pentagon’s budget of more than 10 percent.
    What we are witnessing today is the end of an era. As the Renaissance gave rise to the Age of Discovery, as Enlightenment laid out the foundations of the Industrial Revolution, as the Age of the Machine was born from the ashes of Romanticism, so today we are witnessing the incoming of a new epoch. A new, uncharted era with no name, yet. But an era that will see the beginning of the end of America as a superpower, and the beginning of the end of Europe as the sole “cradle of civilization”.
    The great change promised by Barack Obama is only a catalyst of things to come. We ain’t seen nothing yet.
    I remember from my sophomore years watching on PBS the great Milton Friedman, a Jew, the Nobel Prize-winning, free-market economist who died in 2006. His TV program was aptly entitled “Free to choose”. In one exchange with Phil Donahue, who was arguing about the role of greed within Capitalism, Friedman replied: “Is there any society we know that doesn’t run on greed? The world runs on individuals pursuing their own separate interests. The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus”.
    Friedman argued that, during recessions, governments turn on the printing presses. Interest rates plummet as governments move to inflate the money supply in response to an ensuing economic meltdown, and the initial effects seem good. That is, governments use spending to cover up economic ills, but that leads to rampant inflation. Sure enough, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, another Jew (but a bad one), has said there is no problem with inflation, and just last week it was announced the Fed pumped another USD 1.2 trillion into the economy! Bernanke surely knows what Friedman explained in “Money Mischief” — that it takes at least a year after the massive expansion of the money supply for inflation to manifest itself in its devastating entirety.
    The replay of this PBS episode can be viewed here:
    http://www.newsmax.com/insidecover/milton
    _friedman_inflation/2009/03/19/193738.html?s=al&promo_code=7CA4-1
    This is a must see for anyone interested in things to come, both from a political and economic perspective. I believe that covers pretty much everybody in this forum.
    As America’s influence will retreat worldwide, Israel will fade farther and farther away. Unless, of course, Israel relinquishes its ties to the West and moves on.
    There is power in change. Just ask Barack Obama.
    Regards,

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  • Marc Handelsman, USA 03/27/2009 at 3:11

    The Western powers mistakenly believe that Hamas can be reformed by engagement. This pattern has persisted since the US recognized the PLO in December 1988. Using pragmatism as a foreign policy initiative will not work with Islamists. No matter how nice the West is to Hamas and other terrorist groups, they will not recognize Israel’s right to secure borders. Negotiating with Islamic terrorists will not bring peace to the Middle East. Finally, just like Nazi Germany nearly destroyed European Jewry, Iran might unleash a nuclear holocaust that pales in comparison.

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  • Amerisrael 03/27/2009 at 14:24

    Great article Caroline. You always hit the nail on the head!
    “Not surprisingly, Dahlan’s statement went almost completely unnoted. Only The Jerusalem Post and one or two other Jewish publications and a few anti-jihadist blogs made note of it. The US, European and pro-peace process Hebrew media all ignored it. No government spokesman anywhere in the world commented on it.”
    This is exactly what I’ve been feverishly pointing out on my own blog. I’m one of those “anti-jihadists” who did take note of it and tried to generate as much attention to this as possible. I wrote that Itamar Marcus’s report “Western Funders Misled: Fatah’s “recognition” of Israel Only for International aid”-should have a headline front and center on all major news sites. But you are right, the MSM, including Fox, have refused to cover this. I sent a e-mail with a link to Itamar Marcus’s report and videos to Drudge Report and Real Clear Politics. As of yet they have not bothered to cover this. There has been a total “media blackout” on this. And while Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and other talk show hosts are rightfully concerned about U.S. taxpayer money being used for irresponsible “bailouts”, they won’t talk about how our tax money is being used to promote anti-American, anti-Israel sentiment in official Palestinian Fatah Authority media. They won’t touch this either.

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