How to Lose Friends and Influence—and Enable Terror—in the Middle East


The other day a 17-year-old Palestinian (or according to some reports, 14-year-old) named Orwa Hammad stood poised to throw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli cars near Ramallah. Fortunately, Israeli troops posted nearby shot him dead. The purpose of Molotov cocktails is to burn victims to death.

Among other cases, it happened in 1988 when a Molotov cocktail thrown by Palestinians at an Israeli bus in the Jordan Valley burned an Israeli woman, her three children, and a soldier who tried to save them to death.

In this case the Palestinian, Hammad, was a U.S. citizen whose father lives in the U.S. In response to the incident,

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US “expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a US citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces.”

Calling for “a speedy and transparent investigation,” Psaki said officials from the US consulate in Jerusalem were in touch with the family of the slain youth.

As Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn point out, the Obama administration has not shown similar tenderness toward other U.S. citizens involved in Middle Eastern terror. Among other examples they cite, “When Eric Harroun of Arizona joined an Al Qaeda group fighting in Syria last year, he was arrested as soon as he tried to re-enter the United States.”

Of course the administration has lately escalated its vendetta against Israel, snubbing its defense minister, calling its prime minister vulgar names, harshly demanding Jew-free zones in Jerusalem, and the like. The above-quoted statement by Psaki, however, is the worst of these latest incidents. It comes very close to a direct endorsement of anti-Israeli terror. The family of the petrol-bomb thrower gets “deepest condolences”; Israel gets a call for a “speedy and transparent investigation,” clearly implying that it is not to be trusted.