Absurd reasoning by the administration on Hamas-Fatah unity government

Ed Lasky
Trying to follow their logic is impossible. Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff writing in Haaretz make a valiant effort:

Israeli officials expressed surprise yesterday at reports that Washington would continue providing aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas is included in a unity government.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Obama administration has asked Congress for minor changes in U.S. law that would keep aid flowing to the PA should Hamas-backed officials join a government with rival Fatah.

Under current law, the Palestinian government must meet three criteria: recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and acceding to past Israeli-Palestinian agreements. The Obama administration seeks to provide aid as long as Hamas-backed members in the government meet the criteria, even if the movement they represent does not.

Sure seems as if this administration is going to great lengths to ensure our taxpayer dollars flow to a "unity" government. Where is that unwavering support for Israel pledged numerous times during the campaign?.

So, Hamas gets a few acceptable Hamas flunkies to say the right words in English and, voila - taxpayer money flows to a terror group

Hey but not to worry. According to officials in the  Obama administration:


the change does not represent a new policy toward Hamas, but merely a change in language applied toward a prospective Palestinian unity government.

That is diplomatic-speak for "Israel-You are Screwed."




Trying to follow their logic is impossible. Barak Ravid and Avi Issacharoff writing in Haaretz make a valiant effort:

Israeli officials expressed surprise yesterday at reports that Washington would continue providing aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas is included in a unity government.

The Los Angeles Times reported that the Obama administration has asked Congress for minor changes in U.S. law that would keep aid flowing to the PA should Hamas-backed officials join a government with rival Fatah.

Under current law, the Palestinian government must meet three criteria: recognizing Israel, renouncing violence and acceding to past Israeli-Palestinian agreements. The Obama administration seeks to provide aid as long as Hamas-backed members in the government meet the criteria, even if the movement they represent does not.

Sure seems as if this administration is going to great lengths to ensure our taxpayer dollars flow to a "unity" government. Where is that unwavering support for Israel pledged numerous times during the campaign?.

So, Hamas gets a few acceptable Hamas flunkies to say the right words in English and, voila - taxpayer money flows to a terror group

Hey but not to worry. According to officials in the  Obama administration:


the change does not represent a new policy toward Hamas, but merely a change in language applied toward a prospective Palestinian unity government.

That is diplomatic-speak for "Israel-You are Screwed."