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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Obama-Clinton State Department rewarding Hamas rocket fire

You can't make this stuff up. The Obama-Clinton State Department has decided to reward Hamas for shooting rockets at Israel by ending their diplomatic isolation. This is from Friday's State Department briefing.

QUESTION: Toria, I don’t understand. Two weeks ago, you said it would be a bad idea for Erdogan to go to Gaza. You were not particularly enthusiastic about the Emir of Qatar going to Gaza. And now all of a sudden, it’s a wonderful thing that the Egyptian Prime Minister went there?

MS. NULAND: Matt, we have a different situation, obviously.


MS. NULAND: We are in the process of trying to de-escalate a very, very dangerous situation between Gaza and Israel. So the purpose was completely different in this case, and can be helpful, we think.

QUESTION: It can be helpful because they’re talking to Hamas.

MS. NULAND: Because they’re talking to Hamas, they’re talking about the danger of this kind of situation.

QUESTION: So the way that Hamas gets a stamp of U.S. legitimacy in terms of being an interlocutor is to fire lots of rockets into Southern Israel, and then you’re okay with people going to talk to them?

MS. NULAND: We have a – we have an extremely dangerous and volatile situation. We have a dangerous situation inside Gaza, we have a dangerous situation inside Israel. It is not a matter of legitimating violence. This is a matter of supporting diplomacy to get this to end, which is a different thing than what the visits were intended to do before this.

What could go wrong?

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