U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to broker a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas have been very disappointing. Reportedly, his attempts to end recent violence in Gaza have upset Israelis and even moderate Palestinians. David Ignatius of The Washington Post wrote earlier this week:
Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza. … In the process, he has undercut not simply the Israelis but also the Egyptians and the Fatah movement that runs the Palestinian Authority, all of which want to see an end to Hamas rule in Gaza.
Ignatius also points out that in Kerry’s quick search for a diplomatic solution, he went straight to Hamas. But “a wiser course … would have been to negotiate the cease-fire through the Palestinian Authority, as part of its future role as the government of Gaza.”
Back in June, the Palestinian Authority formed a “unity government” with Hamas, an internationally designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. Hamas’ charter calls for the murder of Israelis and Jews and the destruction of the State of Israel, which may be Kerry’s reason for negotiating with the terror group. But in so doing, President Obama’s Secretary of State legitimized Hamas and offended Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority.
According to Reuters, “U.S. funding for the Palestinian Authority … typically runs at $500 million a year.” While some in Congress have called for suspending aid to the “unity government,” American taxpayers are still subsidizing a foreign government widely influenced by a known terrorist organization fully committed to annihilating one of our closest allies.
What’s worse, by almost all accounts, is that Obama’s Secretary of State appears to be offering more support to Hamas than to Israel.
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