Hamas repays Obama for opening negotiations by calling for intifada against Israel

posted at 4:11 pm on June 13, 2014 by Noah Rothman

In January, reports revealed that the United States had been involved in back-channel negotiations with Hamas for at least six months while discussing the formation of a new unity government in the Gaza Strip. According to a report from Buzzfeed’s Sheera Frenkel, topics discussed include a ceasefire agreement with Israel:

During the talks, Hamas gave assurances that allowed the U.S. to support the unity government, despite heavy pressure by the Israeli government for them to condemn it, the diplomatic officials — one American and one Palestinian — said. They said those assurances including a commitment to maintaining a ceasefire with Israel.

So, how has Hamas repaid the Obama administration for conferring such legitimacy on an organization the United States has designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization since 1997? By declaring an intifada against Israel, of course.

“Hamas called on Palestinians Friday to declare an intifada throughout the West Bank and to confront Israeli ‘forces of Occupation,’” Haaretz’s Jack Khoury reported on Friday, “be it through a popular uprising or individual action.

Hassan Badran, Hamas’ international spokesman in Gaza, posted Friday on Facebook calling for Palestinians in the West Bank to impede the Israeli army’s movement around the West Bank, particularly in the Hebron area, where three Israeli teens are feared kidnapped.

In 2008, the president expressed indignation over the suggestion that his government would open up negotiations with terrorist organizations, and specifically Hamas. “I have been adamant about not negotiating with Hamas, a terrorist organization that has vowed to destroy Israel and won’t recognize them,” Obama insisted.

That’s probably one promise the president wishes he had kept.


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Bush’s foreign policy has undermined US credibility by an insane amount.

everdiso on March 5, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Hamas is, like, totally impressed by O.

mankai on June 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

More smart diplomacy, leading from behind, and attempting to appease our enemies – all to naught.

It’s sad, but we’ve seen this so many times over the past 5 1/2 years. Barack Obama has successfully made Neville Chamberlain look like a stellar diplomat.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

6/13/14 – Obama surrenders Iraq to AlQaeda

6/13/14 – Hamas declares intifada

6/13/14 – thousands of Americans are in danger of being beheaded or tortured in Iraq

6/13-6/15/14 – Obama golfing in Palm Springs

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

All I got from reading this was Hamas is weak. You get people wild up when you are losing ground I their heart. Can you come back later Noah with another blog as to what is REALLY going on in the West Bank. Why are they asking for this? Why now? You know the news.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

It’s almost as if no one is afraid of Obama’s policies except U.S. citizens.

butch on June 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

6/13-6/15/14 – Obama golfing in Palm Springs

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

just to get a tee time in Palm Springs
is a battle he is willing to wage..
brave sir BHO…

going2mars on June 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

It’s almost as if no one is afraid of Obama’s policies except U.S. citizens.

butch on June 13, 2014 at 4:19 PM

And former allies…

the_nile on June 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM

If someone told you in 2008, that our President would hand over Iraq to AlQaeda you would have punched them in the nose and had them arrested.

faraway on June 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

I think the destruction of Israel is what the White House gang wants and has been working with Hamas and possibly others on that.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Hamas repays Obama for opening negotiations by calling for intifada against Israel

You shouldn’t think you are being sarcastic on that. barky called for an intifada against Israel from the first day he slimed into office, when he started blaming every ill in the world on Israel building apartments in Jerusalem suburbs. Barky has been trying to put the nation at war with Israel ever since. Hamas is, indeed, repaying Barky … in Barky’s favorite currency. Don’t think for a second that barky isn’t happy about this.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

So, that went well.

#winning

forest on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

What a putz.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The state dept. loves Hamas, no matter what.

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Slave of HA, you are a thug against freedom and democracy.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:28 PM

The entire Middle East is in flames and Obama is to blame for the entire mess from Libya to Egypt via Syria through Iraq ending in Palestine.

Johnnyreb on June 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

What a putz.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Barky is a ben zonah … literally.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

You are completely dissociated from reality. Please seek professional help.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I think the destruction of Israel is what the White House gang wants and has been working with Hamas and possibly others on that.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 4:24 PM

They want the surrender of Israel. They do not want their fingerprints on an overt destruction of Israel. Instead they are trying to create a scenario where Israel is left with no choice but to surrender, give back all the land they won in 1967 and 1973 including Jerusalem, and allow all the “refugees” to come back, thus assuring an eventual end to the Jewish state.

rockmom on June 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I think it is time to STOP denying the reality . Let us accept the following truths openly and with no apologies :
1. Hussein is America’s enemy .
2. If Hussein does anything, it is to harm us.
3. If Hussein finds out about something that will harm us, he will do it.
4. Hussein will never ever do anything to benefit us . Never has, never will.
5. Hussein will always stand with muslims against kafirs and use our money to do so.
6. Hussein’s tactics are marxist but his goals are Islamic.
7. Hussein is proud of hating America, we shouldn’t be ashamed of publically admitting that about Hussein too.

burrata on June 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Just left you a note on last night’s QotD.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Hamas repays Obama for opening negotiations makes obama’s dreams come true by calling for intifada against Israel

Come on – this is exactly what obama has been hoping for.

Pork-Chop on June 13, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Feature for obama, not a bug.

obama hates Israel.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Most leftists, incl. the Jewish kind, hate Israel too.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Hillary will declare she’s Jewish…wait, she already did that…until she’ll “evolve, like all Americans” for Hamas.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

You have GOT to be kidding.

Take your crazy somewhere else, you can’t sell it here.

rockmom on June 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Trying to decide which is more vapid and clueless…

…defending terrorists that would have no hesitation killing you even as you play ‘useful idiot’ for them…

…or the anti-semitic smear against the only free westernized state in the Middle East, and one that provides more rights for Arabs withing it’s own borders than the rest of the Arab nations do for their own citizens.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

obama, obama, obama!

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

^

Classy, hopefully that’s the final straw that gets you the boot.

mudskipper on June 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

faraway
If someone told you in 2008, that our President would hand over Iraq to AlQaeda you would have punched them in the nose and had them arrested.

Add facilitatiing the transfer of heavy weapons including RPGs and MANPADS into the mix,which I still believe is not common knowledge amongst US citizens.

can_con on June 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

…or the anti-semitic smear against the only free westernized state in the Middle East, and one that provides more rights for Arabs withing it’s own borders than the rest of the Arab nations do for their own citizens.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 4:33 PM

…and gays…but the Islamists watch the choomed in CO one…

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Who could see that one coming?

WhatSlushfund on June 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Laugh of the day!!

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

What is hamas policy for gays ?
What is Israel’s ?

burrata on June 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

The slave of HA is always a racist, a bigot and an anti-Semite.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Lolerz. Comedy. Can’t the hired HA trolls come up with something more creative?

WhatSlushfund on June 13, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

Admitted by whom, “professor”, other than “progressives” and Mohammedans ?

F X Muldoon on June 13, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Hamas repays Obama for opening negotiations by calling for intifada against Israel

Israel prepares its special bombs that leave dead Hamas guys looking really surprised and stupid.

Hamas doesn’t understand cause and effect. Every time Israel renders their terrorists really nice and quiet, there’s the traditional, “WHY? HOW’D IT HAPPEN?” photos.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 13, 2014 at 4:42 PM

1. Create caliphate, done – see areas from Syria/Iraq

2. Take over Baghdad, almost done, by one ElBaghdadi, replacing Osama, with lower profile.

3. Attack the West from created caliphate, soon to be.

4. Take Israel

This is the 4 step plan of the Islamists.

Schadenfreude on June 13, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Admittedly, Hamas executes homosexuals whenever they find them, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

See how that works Lispfree?

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Terrorists who unilaterally evacuated Gaza, withstood two years of daily shelling before responding, telephones residents before bombing weapons caches, allowed Fatah free passage through Israel when Hamas was throwing them off buildings, supplies water free of charge, supplies medical attention free of charge, and offers asylum to gay Arabs.

NAZI BASTARDS! I can see why Hamas is so angry.

A Chair of Some Kind on June 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Admittedly, Hamas executes homosexuals whenever they find them, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

See how that works Lispfree?

HotAirian on June 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Bloody marvelous!

Cheese Wheel on June 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

libfree has written some really stupid stuff, but that has to be about the most stupid thing written here. Ever.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Aw, come on, folks. He can’t be serious with that comment. He’s just trying to set another thread on fire.

But who knows. He *is* an Obama democrat, which includes notorious anti-Semites such as Jeremiah Wright, Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton.

TarheelBen on June 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM

libfree has written some really stupid stuff, but that has to be about the most stupid thing written here. Ever.

cozmo on June 13, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Libfree is good for one asinine comment per post, but yes this is one his more “I’m a batsh*t crazy guttersnipe liberal” remarks.

dorkintheroad on June 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

More smart diplomacy, leading from behind, and attempting to appease our enemies – all to naught.

It’s sad, but we’ve seen this so many times over the past 5 1/2 years. Barack Obama has successfully made Neville Chamberlain look like a stellar diplomat.

Athos on June 13, 2014 at 4:16 PM

Neville Chamberlain was a stellar diplomat, but he made the wrong call on the single most important foreign policy question of that time period.

Even Churchill paid high respects to Chamberlain after the war. The Political Left in America got Hitler wrong too, they just conveniently leave that out of their history by saying they hated Hitler – just like Joseph Stalin did.

BKennedy on June 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

puke

Resist We Much on June 13, 2014 at 5:04 PM

And as you’ll notice, libfree won’t be back to defend that remark. Hit ‘n’ run, like the coward he is.

dorkintheroad on June 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM

All I got from reading this was Hamas is weak. You get people wild up when you are losing ground I their heart. Can you come back later with… what is REALLY going on in the West Bank. Why are they asking for this? Why now? You know the news.

coolrepublica on June 13, 2014 at 4:17 PM

If you look to what is really going on you should be able to see that they have and all ways will, for as long as they remain a cohesive force in the Middle East, seek the destruction of Israel and by extension the end of the Jewish people. They have claimed any perceived slight to be the most grievous wrong and have found allies with in the western anti-Semitic left to echo these exaggerated claims. Beyond that they have invented, whole cloth, stories of wrongs that didn’t happen, false narratives of “massacres” and “war crimes”. They claim as a human rights violation the building of the most effective counter terror device the Nation of Israel has, The Wall, that has in essence ended the almost weekly bombings committed by Islamic terrorist before it’s construction. They have rejected every overture of peace that Israel has made, even allowing the return of Arab refugees after the war of independence. They then used these same refugees as political props for there claims of Israeli abuse even though none of the refugee camp are under Israeli control. Yet you somehow expect these people to honor an agreement that only calls for a spoke assurance to not do what they have always done?

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

See above!
Israel has had to fight to survive, we have seen how the enemy’s of Israel will launch an attack then call any response “unprovoked”. Anyone here remember the day that Hamas declared war on Israel and launched over a hundred missiles in just over a day? It was the day before Israel began operation Cast Lead.

Gwillie on June 13, 2014 at 5:15 PM

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

We can all thank the Left, including (in my opinion) a lot of the Jewish Left, for making that kind of slander acceptable in polite company.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on June 13, 2014 at 5:16 PM

The Political Left in America got Hitler wrong too, they just conveniently leave that out of their history by saying they hated Hitler – just like Joseph Stalin did.

Stalin signed a nonaggression pact that allowed for the division of Poland and by extension began the War. If France and Britain had truly honored their defense pact with Poland they would have gone to war with Russia as well.
Just putting out that little reminder of history that is so often left out.

Gwillie on June 13, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Hamas repays Obama for opening negotiations by calling for intifada against Israel

So more Palestinian and Israeli women and children will die and be maimed…for nothing…while the fat cats watch the video feeds on Al Jazeera.

Are elections around the corner there or something?

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 13, 2014 at 5:23 PM

SMART Power!!!111!!!elebinty strikes again.

DON’T STUPID SH*T. DO STUPID SH*T EVERY TIME, EVERYDAY.

jukin3 on June 13, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Damn! Lib creates a thread all its own. Yer all fiddles and it’s the bow. It’s laughing all the way to the sushi bar. But, LUV the schtick.

vnvet on June 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

After Bibi schooled him on live TV about borders, and in the process showing the world how much of an amateur Obama really is, his position on negotiating with terrorists must have evolved.

Oh, and HEY GOP! ARE YOU LISTENING? Here’s your theme for the next two years: Everytime Obama’s mouth forms the words “the do-nothing Congress”, you scream and shout “Obama negotiates with terrorists secretly, but won’t discuss anything with the GOP”

BobMbx on June 13, 2014 at 5:42 PM

“I have been adamant about not negotiating with Hamas, a terrorist organization that has vowed to destroy Israel and won’t recognize them,” Obama insisted.

That’s probably one promise the president wishes he had kept.

Every thug, terrorist, and tyrant on the planet has Obama’s number.

They know he’s a blithering idiot and a feckless fool whose words mean less than nothing.

Eventually, a few lefties in the U.S. may figure it out also.

AZCoyote on June 13, 2014 at 5:44 PM

You get people wild up when you are losing ground I their heart.

blink on June 13, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Your Gibberish to English translation skills are much better than mine.

F X Muldoon on June 13, 2014 at 5:51 PM

libfreeorgan on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

…stage 2…syphilis!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

If you have such love for Hamas, might I suggest you flit on over to the Gaza strip for your next sabbatical leave, perfessor? Make sure you take your rainbow flag, gerbils, lube, and your ‘Ready for Hillary’ campaign buttons with you. I’m sure those boys will show y’all all kinds of lovies….

bimmcorp on June 13, 2014 at 7:07 PM

….yeah.

Hamas has NEVER done that before….unheard of.

(eyeroll)

Diluculo on June 13, 2014 at 7:13 PM

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Hey piece of anti-American communist islamist sucking garbage, why aren’t you living in Syria, or Uganda?

I DARE you you to make your wonderful insights known with your real name attached, you piece of friggin garbage. Let’s see how your bravado stands up to it.

Yeah, thought so. Coward progressive crapstain.

Diluculo on June 13, 2014 at 7:15 PM

^

Classy, hopefully that’s the final straw that gets you the boot.

mudskipper on June 13, 2014 at 4:36 PM

Won’t happen. The hate filled and pathologically obsessed and bigotted Marxist troll is protected.

It gets paid tax payer dollars to spread its racist hate filled bigotry and propaganda in public universities. But it trolls HA for free. The PTB at HA get some of those tax dollars back from the hits it generates.

farsighted on June 13, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Libfree is good for one asinine comment per post, but yes this is one his more “I’m a batsh*t crazy guttersnipe liberal” remarks.


I look forward to this very thing in the threads. I’m going to be pretty sad when he gets booted (I think many of you will also.) However, Libbee’s departure will raise the average IQ of this forum by several points.

Hammie on June 13, 2014 at 9:15 PM

And yet the Jews will continue to vote for King Putt and support any and all Gimmedats, despite their total contempt for Israel and its citizens.
It is a situation we may never comprehend.

Missilengr on June 14, 2014 at 10:45 AM

What the bloody eff was Obama thinking? This makes my blood boil. What the F8CK… what a stab in the back…

my gosh…

Americans, you keep hating on Obama, but don’t forget Bush was also meddling and twisting Israel’s hand to give up this and that, take gambles with peoples’ lives for the HOPE that these “Palestinians” will stop their murderous rampage…

Can you please elect a guy who understands the middle east?

AlexB on June 14, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The head choppers smile at you slave.

Bmore on June 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM