Obama to Hamas: 'If you like your rockets, you can keep your rockets'Obama pressured Netanyahu to accept an unconditional 'cease fire.' With respect to rocket fire, Obama said that he 'believed' that Hamas would stop.
Later in the evening (but already in my post), both the White House and the Prime Minister's Office issued identical denials on Twitter as to the authenticity of the conversation.
Aaron Lerner points out that the truth is far worse than the transcript. Obama regards disarming Hamas as only being part of a 'final settlement,' despite the fact that the disarming of all terror organizations was a part of the original Oslo accords in 1993. In Obama's world, if Hamas likes its rockets, it can keep its rockets. Obama will not discuss disarmament with Hamas unless and until Israel agrees to divide Jerusalem and dismember its heartland.
In truth, the White House press release describing the conversation is far worse than the transcript presented by Oren Nahari.What could go wrong?
According to the White House press release "The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the demilitarization of Gaza."
While the EU declares that the terrorists in the Gaza Strip should be disarmed, Mr. Obama doesn't see the demilitarization of Gaza before there is a "lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".
Put bluntly: if we don't agree to divide Jerusalem then Hamas can keep its rockets.
So while this transcript has Mr. Obama arguing with Netanyahu over the choice of mediators, the White House has Mr. Obama stating for the record that the demilitarization of Gaza is off the agenda until Israel can reach a "lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict".
In this case the truth is worse than what is now claimed to be fiction.