Good news: Hamas unendorses Obama

posted at 7:30 pm on June 4, 2008 by Allahpundit

Is this one of those terrorist statements that our betters tell us Should Be Heeded, like anything having to do with America’s support for Israel or the “root causes” of 9/11, or is this one of those shady pronouncements that we can safely ignore as disinformation or pro forma jihadist windage, like anything that comes out of Ahmadinejad’s mouth or any acknowledgment by Wahhabists that they’re losing in Iraq or whatever the last thing was that Hamas had to say publicly about Obama? Your answer depends almost entirely on your ideological bent:

The Illinois senator was ridiculed, criticized and generally harassed back in April when a top Hamas adviser, Ahmed Yousef, told a radio interviewer that the Palestinian militant group — considered a terrorist organization by the U.S. government — liked Obama and hoped he would win the U.S. presidential election…

That may have changed Wednesday, when Obama went before American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington a day after clinching the Democratic nomination and declared his strong support for Israel…

“Obama’s comments have confirmed that there will be no change in the U.S. administration’s foreign policy on the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told Reuters in Gaza.

“The Democratic and Republican parties support totally the Israeli occupation at the expense of the interests and rights of Arabs and Palestinians,” he said.

“Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and Mccain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win,” Zuhri said.

That’s one mighty thorough unendorsement, which is curious given that they only “endorsed” him in the first place six weeks ago, after he’d spent the past year telling anyone who’d listen how much he loves Israel. Did they somehow miss the previous thousand pro-Zionist speeches? Or were they finally convinced that he’s saying this stuff because he means it and not for political advantage by his big speech today to … the most politically influential Israeli lobbyist group in America? Doesn’t add up; I guess we’ll just have to wonder what the motive could be. Let’s hope that the news doesn’t dissuade his Palestinian-American supporters, many of whom have it in their heads that his true beliefs on this subject are rather more nuanced than his rhetoric indicates. Exit question: Does this mean the phone bank’s canceled?


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Whatever you do, don’t throw them in that briar patch.

pedestrian on June 4, 2008 at 7:34 PM

What endorsement?
What’s Hamas?
What church?
What pastor?
Jeremiah who?
Father Michael who?
Who’s Bill Ayers?
What’s BLT? Isn’t that a sandwich?
Mmmm, BLT!
Iranians? Hate ’em.
Cubans? Hate ’em.

Michelle who?

baldilocks on June 4, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Looks like Hamas wised up and realized its endorsement is only valuable when the electorate is leftist and anti-Israel. Its value decreases considerably in a U.S. general election.

Cicero43 on June 4, 2008 at 7:38 PM

America’s first world wide election. Isn’t that called Imperialism? Is O! an Imperialists?

mred on June 4, 2008 at 7:39 PM

Gee, they forgot all about RP!

Limerick on June 4, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and Mccain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same

That’s gotta hurt.

MayBee on June 4, 2008 at 7:43 PM

Good news: Hamas unendorses Obama

How is that possible? Reuters is saying Hamas is “unendorsing”..but I thought that was simply a smear by McCain!?

amerpundit on June 4, 2008 at 7:44 PM

The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) is an international organization with a permanent delegation to the United Nations. It groups 57 Islamic member states, from the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia, Caucasus, Balkan, Southeast Asia, South Asia and South America. The official languages of the organization are Arabic, English and French.

The flag of the OIC has an overall green background (symbolic of Islam). In the center, there is an upward-facing red crescent enveloped in a white disc. On the disc the words “Allahu Akbar” are written in modern Arabic calligraphy.

Red Pill on June 4, 2008 at 7:46 PM

baldilocks on June 4, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Ok you made me hungry!

upinak on June 4, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Whether it’s a sincere unendorsement or a ruse, it certainly benefits Obama. McCain can no longer use it to beat him about the head and Obama can wave it around a bit to show that his views on Israel are identical to McCain’s.

Well, his stated views. As to his real views, my hunch is we’ll find out once he’s in office.

Obama’s foreign policy is an odd mix of realism and idealism. On the one hand, he favorably cites George Bush Sr.’s policies; yet he also talks about “repairing the world” and restoring America’s status in the world.

That’s an odd concern – restoring our world image – coming from a ostensible proponent of realpolitik.

SteveMG on June 4, 2008 at 7:55 PM

It could be legitimate after the speech to AIPAC OR it could be deliberate disinfo created by Obama’s American pro-Hamas friends. The Jewish lobby has more influence than any of its Arab American counterparts, and if Obama can sway the liberal Jewish vote and get elected, Hamas wins anyway.

Connie on June 4, 2008 at 7:59 PM

What if: Obama converts to Islam (his fathers religion) after being elected, but before being sworn in. He requires a Koran vs. a Bible at the Inauguration. Farrakhan will be on the platform, and provide the Koran. Any objections will be referred to as racism.

Israel is on their own.

Could happen.

mtngto on June 4, 2008 at 8:00 PM

“Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and Mccain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win,” Zuhri said.”

Well, OK, but they love them some Obama in Damascus.

Nichevo on June 4, 2008 at 8:11 PM

Hamas does not differentiate between the two presidential candidates, Obama and Mccain, because their policies regarding the Arab-Israel conflict are the same

Using Hamas to put Obama on the same level as McCain?

mtngto on June 4, 2008 at 8:19 PM

“…their policies …are the same and are hostile to us, therefore we do have no preference and are not wishing for either of them to win,”

I know how he feels..

in_awe on June 4, 2008 at 8:35 PM

Obama lies to the Jews.

Hamas lies to the world.

Nothing to see here.

profitsbeard on June 4, 2008 at 8:41 PM

Surprized? Seems like Hamas would be teed off more or at least to the same level of their complaint regarding American policy toward Isreal, while they try to begin to influence it, for Obama being the ultimate infidel- being born to a Muslim father yet then becoming a Christian. The spin continues…

wubu on June 4, 2008 at 8:48 PM

I guess we’ll just have to wonder what the motive could be.

The motive: Hamas figured out that an endorsement from them (just like the Obama endorsement from Fidel Castro) would hurt Obama’s chances to win. Since an Obama win is exactly what Hamas wants (as that will mean a weaker America), Hamas is “unendorsing” Obama (at least in public) in order to help him win.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM

The motive: Hamas figured out that an endorsement from them (just like the Obama endorsement from Fidel Castro) would hurt Obama’s chances to win. Since an Obama win is exactly what Hamas wants (as that will mean a weaker America), Hamas is “unendorsing” Obama (at least in public) in order to help him win. AZCoyote on June 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Well done, AZCoyote.

wise_man on June 4, 2008 at 9:10 PM

What endorsement?
What’s Hamas?
What church?
What pastor?
Jeremiah who?
Father Michael who?
Who’s Bill Ayers?
What’s BLT? Isn’t that a sandwich?
Mmmm, BLT!
Iranians? Hate ‘em.
Cubans? Hate ‘em.

Michelle who?

baldilocks on June 4, 2008 at 7:37 PM

I love this…. you left out one… “What waffel?”

Oh yeah… I wonder how much he paid Hamas for the “un-endorsement”

CynicalOptimist on June 4, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Oh yeah… I wonder how much he paid Hamas for the “un-endorsement”

Might be more truth to that than you think. Follow the link, and find interesting Terrorist Funding ties to Chicago.

http://www.zoominfo.com/people/Qadi_Yassin_279511919.aspx

mtngto on June 4, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Didn’t Obama go from .. Iran’s not a threat and Iran’s a tiny country .. to Iran’s a grave threat and Obama ♥’s Israel in about three weeks?

Texas Gal on June 4, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Nothing about apostasy yet. I guess we’ll start hearing about that on Jan 21 assuming America actually votes for BHO, Jr.

indythinker on June 4, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Mideast Views on Obama’s Message to Jewish Voters

“Shortly after the newly minted Democratic presidential nominee delivered a strong-and well received-speech to the American Israel Political Action Committee’s policy conference on Wednesday, political analysts in the Jewish state remained skeptical about Obama. “People have a major problem with him here in Israel,” says Yaron Deckel, a political analyst for Channel One TV. “”When I ask Israelis who would be their choice for U.S. president, Obama always comes last, after John McCain and Hillary Clinton. “

Connie on June 4, 2008 at 11:07 PM

My gut feeling in watching Obams’s speech to AIPAC is that regardless of the applause he got .. most of the audience realized he was only telling them what they want to hear.

Obama is no friend to Israel. I truly hope that Jewish-Americans saw thru his rhetoric.

McCain can be trusted … Obama can’t.

Texas Gal on June 4, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Texas Gal on June 4, 2008 at 11:19 PM

Conservative Jews saw through it. Liberal Jews don’t care all that much.

Connie on June 4, 2008 at 11:23 PM

Gimme a break! Does anyone think Obama won’t get 99% of the Muslim vote? You think it’s because they love Israel?

steve007 on June 4, 2008 at 11:26 PM

That’s one mighty thorough unendorsement, which is curious…

Bingo. As for liberal Jewish American voters, who knows? Obama clearly is a lying POS regarding the Pali terrorists. Not sure what motivates him there – I don’t believe he’s an anti-semitic dhimmi, just that he’s a dhimmi – but then, what motivates Jewish libs to vote against the conservative supporters of Israel so consistently.

Clearly, their domestic leftism outweighs their concern about defense of Israel.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 11:45 PM

That’s one mighty thorough unendorsement, which is curious…
Bingo. As for liberal Jewish American voters, who knows? Obama clearly is a lying POS regarding the Pali terrorists. Not sure what motivates him there – I don’t believe he’s an anti-semitic dhimmi, just that he’s a dhimmi – but then, what motivates Jewish libs to vote against the conservative supporters of Israel so consistently.

Clearly, their domestic leftism outweighs their concern about defense of Israel.

Jaibones on June 4, 2008 at 11:45 PM

Only too true…and a small segment of Orthodox Jewry is right there with them, at least in their despising conservatives. This, despite the on-record and public conservative support of Israel, and open Left-wing adulation of Phakestinians and their “cause”.

dmh0667 on June 4, 2008 at 11:55 PM

Gee, they forgot all about RP!

Limerick on June 4, 2008 at 7:43 PM

And not a word about Huckabee either. Curious.

techno_barbarian on June 4, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Hamas heard two words: undivided Jerusalem. And not the good (to them) kind of undivided Jerusalem.

Now they hate him as well as disrespect him (for not being Muslim).

silverfox on June 5, 2008 at 2:40 AM

Hamas unendorses Obama

Phew, glad they unrung that bell.

James on June 5, 2008 at 7:55 AM

Glad Obama made the whole negotiation-with-Iran thing clear the day after wrapping up the nomination. No need to doubletalk further, I suppose.

DrSteve on June 5, 2008 at 8:29 AM

O come on, theyknow full well that their endorsement hurts his chances and their “unendorsement” is a ploy to undo the damage done… THEY GOT BARRY FEVAH!

max1 on June 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM

O come on, theyknow full well that their endorsement hurts his chances and their “unendorsement” is a ploy to undo the damage done… THEY GOT BARRY FEVAH!

max1 on June 5, 2008 at 10:07 AM

Hamas threw themselves under a bombed-out bus?

James on June 5, 2008 at 10:14 AM

The motive: Hamas figured out that an endorsement from them (just like the Obama endorsement from Fidel Castro) would hurt Obama’s chances to win. Since an Obama win is exactly what Hamas wants (as that will mean a weaker America), Hamas is “unendorsing” Obama (at least in public) in order to help him win.

AZCoyote on June 4, 2008 at 8:56 PM

Seems likely.

I mean the passage quoted starts out with talking about how the endorsement was used against Obama. If Hamas genuinely wants Obama to win, it would easily understand the need to unequivocally unendorse him.

It’s also possible that they just now believe his commitment to Israel, but that would seem off.

Esthier on June 5, 2008 at 12:05 PM