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‘A Direct Affront’ to Kerry: With ‘Little Fear’ of Washington, Fatah-Hamas Pact Crushes Peace Process

State Department insists Israel shares the blame as Netanyahu's cabinet vows to not negotiate with terrorists.

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April 24, 2014 - 6:01 pm
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WASHINGTON — President Obama’s relentless push for some sort of first-stage Mideast peace deal by the end of this month was dealt a strong blow by Fatah and Hamas deciding to put aside their differences and unite.

Hamas’ information office said the pact between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political bureau leader Khaled Mashal was simply implementing the previous unity agreements signed years ago in Doha and Cairo — pacts followed by years of vicious fighting between the parties.

Abbas agreed to “start talks on forming the new transitional national unity government that will be formed within five weeks, and will be holding talks on declaring new elections that would be held at least six months after the new government is formed,” according to Hamas’ Ezzedeen Al-Qasam Brigades.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman declared this move “tantamount to a signature on the conclusion of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.”

“It is impossible to make peace with Israel as well as with Hamas, a terrorist organization advocating for Israel’s destruction,” Lieberman said.

State Department press secretary Jen Psaki admitted to reporters at Wednesday’s briefing that the “timing” of the agreement was “troubling,” and at today’s briefing a journalist commented that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry “have managed to pull off the full Quixote here, or rather a double-Quixote, that is not only having tilted at the windmills, but having lost.”

Psaki placed the blame at the feet of both the Israelis and the Palestinians, noting that “if we look back at the last several months, over the course of nine months even, there are unhelpful steps that have been taken by both parties.”

“There have been ups and downs in the process throughout. And still, this process needs to work its way through,” she said.

She said Kerry called Abbas this morning. “The secretary noted that he was disappointed by the reconciliation announcement and repeated the elements that any Palestinian government would need to have, the same principles that President Abbas has long supported. President Abbas, again, they decided they would remain in touch,” she continued.

“Of course, the principles — just to reiterate what I said yesterday, but for those of you who weren’t here, the three principles are, of course, commitment to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties,” Psaki added. “They also discussed efforts underway, those efforts that have been underway between Israelis and Palestinians to extend the negotiations. I also just wanted to reiterate that we view it as essential that both parties exercise, all sides exercise maximum restraint and avoid escalatory steps.”

Psaki said Kerry bent Abbas’ ear about “the benefits of… a final status agreement.” She said he’d be having the same conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

When asked if Abbas told Kerry why he felt the need to power-share with Hamas now, Psaki replied, “That’s not a part of the conversation I’m going to read out.”

As the administration tried to keep the hope of a road map alive, Netanyahu made clear that “whoever chooses the terrorism of Hamas does not want peace.”

“Abu Mazen has formed an alliance with an organization whose covenant calls for Muslims to fight and kill Jews. Hamas has fired more than 10,000 missiles and rockets at Israeli territory and has not halted terrorist actions against Israel even for a minute,” Netanyahu said after the Israeli cabinet unanimously agreed to not negotiate with a Hamas-backed government and to respond to the provocation with “a series of measures.”

“The agreement between Abu Mazen and Hamas was signed even as Israel is making efforts to advance the negotiations with the Palestinians. It is the direct continuation of the Palestinians’ refusal to advance the negotiations,” the prime minister continued. “Only last month Abu Mazen rejected the framework principles proposed by the United States. Abu Mazen has refused to even discuss recognizing Israel as the national state of the Jewish People. He violated existing agreements by unilaterally applying to accede to international treaties and then formed an alliance with Hamas.”

Netanyahu told MSNBC today that Abbas’ decision was “a giant leap backward.”

He called Fatah’s pledge that they would continue to comprise the majority of the government “the oldest trick in the book… the ‘front office/back office gambit.’”

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And it all boils down to this. At the end of WWll the world was aghast at the monstrous atrocities committed by the Germans against the Jews whose only crime was bringing the rule of law in the form of the 10 commandments to the lawless thousands of years ago. Nobody wanted to be told they couldn't do this, that or another thing. When the Jews say "Never again" they mean it. In the intervening years anti-semitism has become fashionable again. The forces arrayed against Israel are huge and should this lead to a nuclear holocaust this time it will engulf the world as there are no innocent countries any longer in this existential struggle of the Jewish people. If the entire world burns this time then it is deserved by all for not having stopped whats coming when the chance of being successful in stopping this march to disaster was far greater than it is now.
18 weeks ago
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The Israelis are in a crooked game where the other team cheats and the refs make every call against them. This is very similar to anyone in a race against a Democrat in America covered by the conspiratorial media.

Obama sent Robert Malley to speak to Hamas ...this cabal is NOT offended by anyone else hooking up with Hamas...or the Muslim Brotherhood. This cabal is not offended by Iran getting nukes and billions of dollars to sponsor terror.

This cabal doesn't want peace, security or safety for Israel. NOTHING it has done or said advances peace, security or safety for Israel. It has instead...encircled Israel with peril with EVERY act, deed and word.

In Egypt, Mubarak was destroyed...a friend to Israel. And installed was the Muslim Brotherhood, we saw instant peril arising until they were ousted...the ousting clearly upsetting this cabal.

Obama wet nursed Erdogan...who was clearly antagonistic toward Israel.

Obama advanced in a secret handshake deal that we've never been allowed to see...the obviously phony and fraudulent Geneva deal that gave Iran billions of dollars on a silver platter AND made the most dangerous, terror sponsor in the world the second nuclear power in the Middle East.

Obama intentionally sat on his hands when Tehran erupted in a last gasp for freedom, when Iran's puppet government in Syria desperately needed a red line to be real, not imaginary and he took out Gaddafi...destabilizing Libya.

This cabal threw Israel under the bus on the 1967 lines, on settlements in their capital, when talking to Sarkozy and left Bibi to dine alone at the White House. The Tehran tainted Jarret, the Jew hating Hagel, the Malley family of rabid Jew haters, the Jew hating Power, the Jew hating Rashid Khalidi, Jeremiah Wright, Ali Abunimah, Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, Don Warden, Bill Ayers....this cabal has reeked of hatred of Israel for the whole of their miserable lives.

Seeking peace? Don't make me laugh. This cabal wanted to drive Israel off the map. They do NOT advance a single Judeo-Christian free market nation anywhere on the globe. EVERY move they have made advanced a communist country or a Muslim one. Every single move...and every single refusal to move.

Kerry....AND Hillary...AND Biden went along with this. Willingly.

So did Pelosi and Reid.

Peace was a front. It always is with the small c communists...who have made an alliance with the jihadists.

They are conspiring and Israel and America...and their Judeo-Christian free market allies...are the enemy.
18 weeks ago
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"With five days left before the deadline for Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace initiative..." Trying to get a trophy for his empty case...and creating a false urgency as a cheap ploy.

Hearing the calls of moral equivalence and equal blame reveals the sham that is the peace initiative. The attitudes of the peace brokers undermine the peace and encourage Israel's enemies.
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"Crushes peace process"? You can't crush something that doesn't exist.

The process has come to a successful conclusion. Many murderers of Jews were released, and the principle that there is no price to pay for murdering Jews has been firmly established. As tonight is Holocaust Day in Israel, it should be noted that the lessons of the Holocaust are now officially abolished, and we are back to Situation Normal.
18 weeks ago
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Only a multiculturalist liberal today could imagine a bi-national state in Palestine--the hope of every social democrat I have studied. But Arabs want zero Jews in their neighborhood. And yet the moderate men yak on: see http://clarespark.com/2010/11/06/moderate-men-falling-down/. Until we recognize that irreconcilable differences exist in the world, we will fall down these rabbit holes.
18 weeks ago
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It is an opportunity to go in an actual new direction, not the failed paradigm of the 2 state solution. Opens the door to easily applying Israeli law to 62% of Judah and Samaria where all the Jewish towns are. The Arab Cities in Judan and Samaria could become 7 emirates (city-states) per Kedars plan and run by the large local clan. Gaza is already a separate entity (emirate like). see Kedar's plan at: http://www.palestinianemirates.com/
18 weeks ago
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Of note is that the Knesset was unanimous -- that's a miracle!
18 weeks ago
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Did the Arab parties abstain or walk out?
18 weeks ago
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When the emotions settle down, if Hamas and Fatah REALLY reconcile, it actually makes it easier to achieve peace.

Here's why. When you negotiate with anyone, you have to do it with the one with the power.

Fatah never had it. Even if they showered Israel with hugs and hello kitty dolls and agreed to all share one tent in the desert, they have absolutely no power to control Hamas, or the other more violent elements. Ergo, no matter what they, the Israels, or we ever said, there is no point to an agreement with Fatah.

Now, of course, Hamas is far less likely to make peace. Far less. But... any agreement they do make would carry a lot more weight. Real weight.
And, it would bear responsibility. Fatah can shrug off an terrorist attack with "Not us, don't blame us." Hamas cannot. This could be an opportunity for Israel, if they play it right. Slim as it is, it is a better than it was.
18 weeks ago
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You are asking the Muslim Brotherhood's local chapter to make peace with us. To quote the voluble tennis great from Queens, 'you can't be serious.'
18 weeks ago
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What an utter farce my government would even attempt to broker a peace accord between America's only real middle eastern ally and a terrorist government. The blame for no peace rests solely on the people who elected Hamas to represent them. That's all anyone of fair mind needs to know to arrive at the only reasonable conclusion. There will be no real peace as long as the Palestinian majority wants all Israeli Jews dead or enslaved.

That fact some traitor to his own country like John Kerry is attempting to broker a peace deal makes this utter sham all the more farcical. The fact that a gutless and grossly incompetent Command-in-Chief can't bring himself to use the word terrorist or even recall Palestinians dancing in the streets while 3,000 Americans lay dead at the hands of Islamic militants is a historical disgrace.
18 weeks ago
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Before and during the time that Hamas was taking over Gaza, the general consensus on Mahmoud Abbas was that he was a weak man and an ineffective leader.

Him casting his lot with Hamas, making formal what was already necessary or true in practice, shouldn't come as a surprise.

John Kerry's pretend insistence all these months on a renewed peace process shouldn't come as a surprise either, Genghis John seeking a magic feather for his magic hat.
18 weeks ago
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Also of note, Abbas will be 80 next March, there is no one to replace him.
18 weeks ago
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Ah. The Silver Lining.
18 weeks ago
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only an unbearable hack like Jen Psaki could find some way to partially blame the Israelis for this.
18 weeks ago
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Her hair color seems to change daily :)

Most if not all the state dept. spokespeople today seem like parrots, just reading a script. And badly at that. Valley girls with Harvard degrees.

Does not inspire confidence that anyone there knows what the hell they're doing.
18 weeks ago
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"I can't believe that Israel ever thought that this time was different than all the other times...."

Charlie Brown and Lucy's football? Well, maybe not. Maybe the Israelis go along with it in order to not look recalcitrant and to deflect blame. But, they get blamed anyway.

ETA: This was in repsonse to Harif58's comment.
18 weeks ago
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No, of course we Israelis aren't that stupid. I have no idea what Obama/Kerry promised/threatened Netanyahu with that made him go along. We peasants are not privy to such information.
18 weeks ago
18 weeks ago Link To Comment
The Israelis are in a crooked game where the other team cheats and the refs make every call against them. This is very similar to anyone in a race against a Democrat in America covered by the conspiratorial media.

Obama sent Robert Malley to speak to Hamas ...this cabal is NOT offended by anyone else hooking up with Hamas...or the Muslim Brotherhood. This cabal is not offended by Iran getting nukes and billions of dollars to sponsor terror.

This cabal doesn't want peace, security or safety for Israel. NOTHING it has done or said advances peace, security or safety for Israel. It has instead...encircled Israel with peril with EVERY act, deed and word.

In Egypt, Mubarak was destroyed...a friend to Israel. And installed was the Muslim Brotherhood, we saw instant peril arising until they were ousted...the ousting clearly upsetting this cabal.

Obama wet nursed Erdogan...who was clearly antagonistic toward Israel.

Obama advanced in a secret handshake deal that we've never been allowed to see...the obviously phony and fraudulent Geneva deal that gave Iran billions of dollars on a silver platter AND made the most dangerous, terror sponsor in the world the second nuclear power in the Middle East.

Obama intentionally sat on his hands when Tehran erupted in a last gasp for freedom, when Iran's puppet government in Syria desperately needed a red line to be real, not imaginary and he took out Gaddafi...destabilizing Libya.

This cabal threw Israel under the bus on the 1967 lines, on settlements in their capital, when talking to Sarkozy and left Bibi to dine alone at the White House. The Tehran tainted Jarret, the Jew hating Hagel, the Malley family of rabid Jew haters, the Jew hating Power, the Jew hating Rashid Khalidi, Jeremiah Wright, Ali Abunimah, Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, Don Warden, Bill Ayers....this cabal has reeked of hatred of Israel for the whole of their miserable lives.

Seeking peace? Don't make me laugh. This cabal wanted to drive Israel off the map. They do NOT advance a single Judeo-Christian free market nation anywhere on the globe. EVERY move they have made advanced a communist country or a Muslim one. Every single move...and every single refusal to move.

Kerry....AND Hillary...AND Biden went along with this. Willingly.

So did Pelosi and Reid.

Peace was a front. It always is with the small c communists...who have made an alliance with the jihadists.

They are conspiring and Israel and America...and their Judeo-Christian free market allies...are the enemy.
18 weeks ago
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I just checked to see what Malley's been up to lately. He's now the head of the National Security Council. Didn't he have to be vetted?

Oh, silly me.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2014/02/adviser-fired-by-obama-for-hamas-meeting-gets-top-wh-security-job/
18 weeks ago
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Check out his parents. Lovely people. Kicked out of France. Guess why? Then you will know why he was chosen
18 weeks ago
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And it all boils down to this. At the end of WWll the world was aghast at the monstrous atrocities committed by the Germans against the Jews whose only crime was bringing the rule of law in the form of the 10 commandments to the lawless thousands of years ago. Nobody wanted to be told they couldn't do this, that or another thing. When the Jews say "Never again" they mean it. In the intervening years anti-semitism has become fashionable again. The forces arrayed against Israel are huge and should this lead to a nuclear holocaust this time it will engulf the world as there are no innocent countries any longer in this existential struggle of the Jewish people. If the entire world burns this time then it is deserved by all for not having stopped whats coming when the chance of being successful in stopping this march to disaster was far greater than it is now.
18 weeks ago
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This is quite a sick comment. and with a number of likes a comment in itself on the sickness of those who might refer to themselves as human, but how can one say one is human when they, you perhaps, think it is alright that the world should go into be engulfed by a nuclear war, demonstrates not only a violation of the very nature of the 10 Commandments, Thou Shall Not Kill, but also an arrogance that think that the those without the 10 Commandments were lawless.

Strange how the Israel would adopt the tactics of the SS in terms of making Palestine a "Warsaw Ghetto", amongst a number of racist war crimes that are unfortunately paid for by the US tax payer.
18 weeks ago
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You are a very sick person.
18 weeks ago
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Perhaps you should sit back, take a deep breath and practice some reading comprehension before you comment. I never said it's alright the world gets engulfed in Nuclear war. I said the world deserves what it will get, all of it. This is neither saying it's alright or not, only that such an outcome is deserved and well earned. Actions or inaction has consequences.
18 weeks ago
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