Thursday, June 12, 2014
Obama: New Palestinian Unity Government 'Not Responsible' For Rocket Attacks On Israel
The Obama Administration has announced it's official policy, that Mahmoud Abbas and the new Hamas-Fatah unity government are not to be held responsible for today's rocket attack on Israel from Gaza.
The Kassam rocket just missed a major traffic artery, Highway 232, before landing in a nearby field. Had it hit the highway, several fatalities would have been likely. This is the first rocket from Gaza to hit southern Israel since the new government – jointly sponsored by Fatah and Hamas – was officially sworn into office.But it's obvious that for the Obama Administration, nothing's changed.
Abbas can talk and issue meaningless pro forma condemnations while his Hamas partners brag about how the new government will 'boost the resistance' and fire rockets at Israel. And both will be given a free pass by President Obama and his team:
"We condemn all rocket fire from Gaza. It is unprovoked aggression against civilian targets and is totally unacceptable,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington.
“We expect the Palestinian Authority will do everything in its power to prevent attacks from Gaza into Israel. But we acknowledge the reality that Hamas currently controls Gaza,” Psaki said.
Psaki told reporters that the US doesn’t hold Abbas liable for Hamas’ actions in Gaza, in spite of the new Fatah-Hamas unity pact.
“We feel President Abbas needs to do everything possible to prevent them, we understand that his ability to do that is severely limited at this point in time,” Psaki said.
But of course, as far as the White House is concerned, the U.S. will continue to generously fund the Hamas-Fatah government, including Hamas' reichlet in Gaza:
Psaki said the US still planned to provide the PA with financial assistance and that Wednesday’s attack has not changed that their police in this regard.
“We welcome President Abbas’s prompt and outspoken condemnation of this attack. We note that he has demanded that all the Palestinian factions remain committed to the  ceasefire agreement,” Psaki said.
“We believe that President Abbas must do all in his power to prevent deterioration in the security situation, but we would also note that he has upheld his responsibility to maintain security coordination with Israel and he has publicly stressed his commitment to do that.
“And so I think he has made every effort to be – continue to be a partner in this regard,” Psaki said.
At one point in the briefing a reporter asked her “how many more rocket attacks do their have to be” before the US decided that its policy to work with the new government and provide it with financial assistance was a mistake.
Psaki's response? The Obama Administration feels that the new government is doing just fine and dandy so far.
She said that at present the US was satisfied that the new PA government has accepted the Quartet’s principles, which includes recognizing Israel and renouncing violence against it.
“The Palestinian people and our relationship with the Palestinian Authority is an important relationship to the United States. We continue to believe that support to them is something that is important to the United States,” Psaki said.
So her answer, essentially, was that rockets fired at Israel by Abbas' partners in government don't really matter. And besides we're not all that concerned.Because, you see, President Obama feels America's relationship with the PA and the Palestinians is a lot more important than the one we have with those Jews in Israel.
Why that's true is a question I would love to have heard someone ask her...not that she'd have given a straight answer.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement that said, “I would like to remind the international community that Abu Mazen (Abbas' Fatah name) - on the day he formed a government with the Hamas terrorist organization - promised to honor all previous agreements.
“This means that he is responsible for disarming Hamas and the other terrorist organizations of the arsenals in Gaza,” Netanyahu said.
As Netanyahu’s spokesman Mark Regev reminded the Obama Administration and the EU, those previous agreements explicitly called for the PA to disarm terrorist groups.
“President Abbas claims that the new Palestinian government honors all previous commitments. So why has he not disarmed the terrorist organizations in Gaza as he is obligated to do? Without such action his ‘condemnation’ of today’s rocket attack on Israel is nothing but empty rhetoric,” Regev said.
Imagine the furious reaction of Psaki and the EU if a private group of Israelis launched a rocket at Gaza or at Ramallah.Or if the IDF launched a major pubitive raid in response.
What they've done is to simply to pick sides in this conflict. And the side they've picked is that of Hamas and Fatah. One hand of the Beast talks and the other hand shoots and they're fine with it, because Israeli blood's cheap as far as they're concerned.
Obama's America no longer fights Islamist terrorism. We aid it, fund it, arm it and appease it.