Abbas ready to dump US aid to unite with Hamas

posted at 3:35 pm on March 28, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

When Barack Obama took office, he pledged to bring real change to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process — and he has.  Unfortunately, it isn’t the kind of change for which anyone hoped.   Mahmoud Abbas has pledged to unite once again with Hamas, and has publicly promised to renounce American aid if necessary to do so:

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is willing to give up hundreds of millions of dollars of US aid if that is what is necessary to forge a reconciliation deal with Hamas, the Associated Press quoted his adviser as saying on Monday.

Azzam Ahmed stated that “the Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid.”

In other words, Abbas is perfectly content to take our money, as long as he can join forces once again with the Islamist terrorist group launching rockets from Gaza.  If for some reason we object to that, then apparently we can keep our money.

How nice!

Israel warned that any reunion with Hamas would mean the end of negotiations:

Hours after the meeting, a senior government official said that Israel will stop dealingwith the Palestinian Authority if it brings Hamas into the government.

“Abbas has to choose whether he wants peace with Israel, or peace with Hamas,” the official said. “He can’t have both. If he chooses peace with Hamas it will bury the peace process.”

I understand the need to keep up appearances, but the fact that Abbas is reaching out to Hamas at all reveals the peace process as a sham.  If Abbas was interested in peace, he’d never try to get back into the good graces of Hamas.  Abbas is probably looking at the new situation in Gaza now that Egypt is about to welcome the Muslim Brotherhood into governing, which is after all the parent organization of Hamas.  While Mubarak suppressed the Ikhwan, Gaza was isolated, both economically and diplomatically.  If Egypt draws closer to Hamas, it will be Abbas and the PA left out in the cold.

Jackson Diehl had this diagnosed yesterday:

First, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has no interest in negotiating with him, and never has. The 76-year-old Abbas has repeatedly shrunk from committing himself to the painful concessions he knows would be needed for Palestinian statehood. What’s more, he has despised and distrusted the Israeli prime minister since Netanyahu’s first term in office in the 1990s. Rather than bargain with Israel, Abbas seems inclined to go along with his aides’ plan to seek a U.N. declaration of Palestinian statehood at the next General Assembly in September.

This might not be so troubling for Netanyahu, who is also not eager to make concessions for a peace deal, if not for his second problem: Obama continues to believe that Israel’s government, and not the Palestinians, is the primary obstacle to peace.

The president made his mind-set clear from the beginning of his administration, when he chose to begin his diplomacy by demanding a complete freeze on Israeli settlement activity — a condition Abbas had never set but which he quickly adopted as his own. In a meeting with American Jewish leaders at the White House this month, Obama indicated that he hadn’t changed his mind. Abbas, he insisted, was ready to establish a Palestinian state. The problem was that Israel had not made a serious territorial offer.

Diehl’s column asked which side Obama wanted to take in the Middle East, but the problem may be more basic than that.  The President appears to be in way over his head in this region, playing a game of checkers while everyone around him is playing three-dimensional chess.  And that’s what passes for smart power these days.


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Don’t worry. Obama won’t make Abbas give up American money, even if he reunites with Hamas.

hawksruleva on March 28, 2011 at 3:38 PM

The President appears to be in way over his head in this region position of president. And hawksruleva is absolutely correct.

oldleprechaun on March 28, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Guess who’s side Obama is on.

Muzzie Brotherhood “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Obama’s Smart Power! couldn’t light a 25 Watt bulb.

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

The President appears to be in way over his head in this region, playing a game of checkers while everyone around him is playing three-dimensional chess. And that’s what passes for smart power these days.

He’s doing exactly what the set out to do.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM

You make it look like Obama does not want this to happen. Where’s the evidence that he supports Israel in any way. Ask the LAT to take that tape out of the safe and show us what the Bama said to his Palestinian buddies. If he challenged them, I’ll admit he’s looking for a solution that will not lead to many dead jews, but until I see it I will continue to believe he is on Hamas’ side.

clnurnberg on March 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Abbas is crafty, like a fox.

Maybe Abbas doesn’t want all those dollars hanging around…who wants to buy them, anyway? Now, the Chinese Renminbi, that’s the currency to accept these days.

What with all this “smart power” being tossed all around the world from the current Administration, we are going to need a whole new score card to figure out who our friends are and who are enemies are. Actually the only friend we have is us…as in U.S…and even that is getting stretched to the point of snapping.

Thanks, Obama, did you know you are awesome?

coldwarrior on March 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Yep.

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Was there ever any hope that the fruits of Obama’s faulty foreign policy would ever bear good fruit?

fourdeucer on March 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Yet another resounding diplomatic success for the Obumfuq administration.

Problem is you didn’t bow low enough or apologize deeply enough Odumbo. You have no idea how to function in the world of negotiation much less international negotiation. This guy had your clothes off and had your lunch before you got up from your bow. Get outta town you incompetent fool. Chalk up another international loss for the USA.

highninside on March 28, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Well, maybe Abbas can help us save some money towards the deficit. Abbas was elected so he’s got the authority of his people to turn down our aid and go his own way. I’d be happy to see us skip sending money down the Palestinian Authority rathole.

Jill1066 on March 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

I suspect Obama means to do precisely what he is doing…

http://americandigest.org/mt-archives/enemies_foreign_domestic/presence_of_malice.php

h/t to Aslan’s Girl.

sharrukin on March 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Not one more dime…..thank you and have a nice day

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Obama’s Smart Power! couldn’t light a 25 Watt bulb CFL.

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

fixed…

PatriotRider on March 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Israel is being set up by The One.

tarpon on March 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Obama’s Smart Power! couldn’t light a 25 Watt bulb.

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Obama – The Compact Florescent
Takes some time to warm up.
A strain to the eyes by some.
Toxic if mishandled.

Electrongod on March 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Can we get our money back?

Ditkaca on March 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM

So we must be clear: Actions have consequences, and the writ of the international community must be enforced. That is the cause of this coalition.

I’m also proud that we are acting as part of a coalition that includes close allies and partners who are prepared to meet their responsibility to protect the people of Libya and uphold the mandate of the international community.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that the next Republican president will keep sending these terrorists our money, too.

sandberg on March 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

The second paragraph should also have been in quotes.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Bush is an idiot… Obama is awesome…

sandee on March 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

Standing with his Muslim brothers!!!!!!

And they’re bullying….errrrr ….standing with him! Sort of. *sigh*

capejasmine on March 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The Lord of the Lies is also
The Lord of the Flies

The Rs are weasels for not ridiculing him, 24 hours a day, every day.

Schadenfreude on March 28, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure that the next Republican president will keep sending these terrorists our money, too.

sandberg on March 28, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Obama:: “Nonsense, keep the money, I insist.”

Palin:: “Will I cut off the PA? You betcha.”

WisRich on March 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Abbas ready to dump US aid to unite with Hamas
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——————————————-

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canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Diehl’s column asked which side Obama wanted to take in the Middle East

Easy answer; BOTH sides. Barry likes to straddle issues, that way no real decision has to be made.

GarandFan on March 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

I wonder if they are prepared to dump Arab aide……Oh wait…..

Ben Hur on March 28, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Who doubted that Obama would help bring Muslims together?

He truly is a prophet.

Really Right on March 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Not one more dime…..thank you and have a nice day

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 3:53 PM

cmsinaz:And…the horse you rode on,haha!(sarc):)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM

So, with current regimes on the verge of falling in the Middle East and the Muslim Brotherhood rising, United States President Barack Hussein Obama takes the National Stage at 6:30 p.m. Central in an attempt to assure Americans that he is on top of the situation, and that there was a logical reason that he bypassed Congress and involved us in an International Coalition of the Unwilling, carrying on a Kinetic Military Action with all of the coordination and advance planning of a Three Stooges Comedy.

kingsjester on March 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Everything Obama does seems to help the enemies of the USA. If you counter that he is fighting Islamists in Afghanistan, I would say he is not fighting to win and would pull out ASAP if not for the political cost.

The man hates this country and everything it stands for. Once you understand that, everything he does makes sense.

xrayiiis on March 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM

“… plan to seek a U.N. declaration of Palestinian statehood at the next General Assembly in September.”

Once again, Obowma will defer to the UN…

… along with his Commander in Chief duties, so when Israel is attacked by NATO, there will be plenty of golf to be played.

Seven Percent Solution on March 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hopey/Changey`s Mindset is soo politically poisoned,
that he is a Community Organizational Sh8t-Distruber,
he sides with the street,the thugs,the corrupto`s,he
views them/those and they as standing up against the
otherside,whether its greedy Teachers and Union Goons,
or so-called Middle Eastern`ers seeking Democracy and
Freedom Fighters,again,in the Progressive Liberal Socialist
Mindset,but the ruse is,or reality of,is that these groups,
are being used,or are in full knowledge of being pawned by
the Islamic Jihady Goons,like the Muslim Brotherhood as an
example!!!!

I do believe,that a Republican Administration would of seen and read the impending doom,that was being orchestrated in
the Middle East!!

Either Team Obama is a SYMPATHIZER,or,he`s that STUPID!

Its one or the other!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 4:19 PM

“… plan to seek a U.N. declaration of Palestinian statehood at the next General Assembly in September.”
Once again, Obowma will defer to the UN…

… along with his Commander in Chief duties, so when Israel is attacked by NATO, there will be plenty of golf to be played.

Seven Percent Solution on March 28, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Seven Percent Solution:Absolutely El Correcto,what US
President,snubs Congress,and goes
directly to the UN for authorization
to use,the US Military!!!

NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I agree with everybody on HA that says ONitwit is doing exactly what he said he would to this country. Anybody who was paying attention knew what was going on and knew what he is. His Muslim brothers, his communist cadre, all with the same aim,dismantle and tear the country apart to be rebuilt in their view. All the stops are being pulled out and it is full speed ahead for them. Things are speeding up,,we need to stop them.

retiredeagle on March 28, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Canopfor @4:07

Heh :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

+1 wisrich

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Another foreign policy “success” by our Dear Leader.

Vyce on March 28, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Canopfor @4:07

Heh :)

cmsinaz on March 28, 2011 at 4:24 PM

cmsinaz:———–:)

canopfor on March 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Unfortunately, it isn’t the kind of change for which anyone hoped.

You hope no one hoped for this. I’m not so sure.

Herb on March 28, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Israel should just go into Gaza and kill everything that moves. That’s what Americans would have done in the 19th century. You conquer people, then you let your children apologize. This nonsense could go on for centuries.

fleiter on March 28, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Behold the moderate Palestinian. The partner for peace. Funny, the timing of this rapprochement with Hamas. At at time when Palestinians from his part of Palestine are killing Israeli women and children in their sleep he decides that terrorists aren’t such bad people really. Perhaps he likes what he his hearing from Foggy Bottom about illegal settlements (which is Pallie talk for Israeli neighborhoods in Jerusalem).

MJBrutus on March 28, 2011 at 4:57 PM

This is great news! We always knew the Palestinians would need a civil war to produce a bargaining entity Israel could trust. Now we see where the “moderate” Fatah side really stands. This makes it hard on Obama because he likes things confused so he can pretend he knows what he’s doing. Now the fog lifts and the 3-way BS has gone.
I’m sure Barry would keep pouring the cash to Abbas anyway, but unfortunately for them, our budget debate has produced a budget item everyone can agree on––foreign aid. We want it eliminated and there is a movement in congress to cut or even eliminate it at least to countries who don’t like us or that are richer than we are like China. Yeah, we give them foreign aid.
So wash away that gray, everything is becoming black and white.

cartooner on March 28, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Obama is certainly bringing the middle east together…

right2bright on March 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Deal! Cut ‘em off. Now.

mojo on March 28, 2011 at 5:28 PM

Azzam Ahmed stated that “the Palestinians need American money, but if they use it as a way of pressuring us, we are ready to relinquish that aid.”

In other words – If the US expects us to stop butchering Jewish children, they can go Screw Themselves…

Kuffar on March 28, 2011 at 5:29 PM

It’s all words. Abbas won’t give up American dollars, and he won’t make a deal with Hamas. This is simply another PR pitch from the Palestinians.

Abbas cancelled his planned trip to Gaza because his security people told him that Hamas wouldn’t guarantee his safety.

Speaks volumes about the so-called reunification.

Meryl Yourish on March 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

Abbas must be a reformer, too, just like Assad. State’s playbook is so simple now. Reformer good, tyrant bad.

Kissmygrits on March 29, 2011 at 8:56 AM