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Sources Report Obama Sets Secret Talks with Hamas

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posted on Jun, 28 2010 @ 03:29 PM
YNet and other sources are reporting that the Obama administration is about to enter into secret talks with Hamas leaders.

Hamas says asked by US to keep silent on talks

Islamist group source says senior American officials request contacts remain secret 'so as not to rouse Jewish lobby'

Roee Nahmias
Published: 06.25.10, 19:04 / Israel News

A senior Hamas figure said Friday that official and unofficial US sources have asked the Islamist group to refrain from making any statements regarding contacts with Washington, this following reports that a senior American official is due to arrive in an Arab country in the coming days to relay a telegram from the Obama Administration.

Other sources have preceded and echoed the Ynet report:

Obama Administration Holding Secret Meetings With Hamas Terror Group

The Hamas figure told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the Americans fear discussing the talks publicly would “rouse the Jewish lobby and other pressure groups in the US and cause them to pressure the administration to suspend all talks with Hamas.”

The Hamas figure, who is close to Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the government in Gaza, added, “This is a sensitive subject. The Americans don’t want anyone to comment on it because this would catch the attention of pressure groups (in the US) and cause problems.”

He said Hamas’ exiled leadership in Damascus is overseeing the contacts behind closed doors.

The lead-up to this was seen in 2008 during the campaign, although it was largely overlooked:

Obama in bed with terrorist group Hamas?
Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 11/13/2008 7:15:00 AMBookmark and Share

Hamas supporterA conservative leader and former presidential candidate is deeply concerned about a published report that advisors to Barack Obama held a secret meeting with a leading member of the terrorist group Hamas during the last few weeks of the election campaign.

Ahmed Yousef, the senior political advisor to Hamas's "prime minister," told a London-based newspaper that the meeting took place in Gaza between himself and a small number of Obama's policy advisors. Yousef reportedly was told by the emissaries that he should not say anything about the meetings, lest it give support to Obama's Republican rival John McCain.

These early whispers were posted in an ATS thread, to little attention.

I really have no dog in this fight, but isn't the Obama administration pretty clearly playing its hand now?

Is the United States about to cave-in to Iranian radicals and Hamas terror at the expense of its most loyal ally in the Middle East?

2009 ATS thread:
Did Obama's Secret Talks Give Iran/Syria/Hamas Green Light to Attack Israel?


[edit on 28-6-2010 by jdub297]

posted on Jun, 28 2010 @ 03:57 PM
I have traced the origin of the story to the London-based "Al-Quds Al-Arabi" newspaper.

I am not able to translate Arabic, and Goggle only translates featured stories, so I can't search, verify or elaborate on the substance.

But the REAL origin comes from Obama's revised policy on Gaza, announced June 20:

“The president has described the situation in Gaza as unsustainable and has made clear that it demands fundamental change.”
He continues by describing his plan to give roughly $200 million to Gaza as “a down payment on the US commitment to the people of Gaza, who deserve a chance to take part in building a viable, independent state of Palestine, together with those who live in the West Bank.”

In other words, he is legitimizing Hamas as the government in Gaza after they overthrew Fatah and displaced the Palestinian Authority.

Such a "gift" has been compared to

the US making a commitment to help the people of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War or North Korea during the Korean War by pouring in money and goods unconditionally, saying this would help lead to a moderate unified state.

What is going on here?

Legitimizing terrorists who advocate the annihilation of our closest Middle East ally?

When did this become our policy? We have supported a "2-state solution" for as lomg as the Pa;estinian conflict, and Israel have existed.

Now, we turn our backs on these friends, too. Just like Poland and the Czech Republic.


[edit on 28-6-2010 by jdub297]

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