White House slams Hamas’ “barbaric” kidnapping, cease-fire violations

posted at 12:41 pm on August 1, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

As Noah noted earlier, it didn’t take long for the cease-fire in Gaza to fall apart — and the White House didn’t take it too kindly. Press secretary Josh Earnest slammed Hamas “individuals” who “used the cover of a humanitarian cease-fire to attack Israeli soldiers and even take one hostage.” There doesn’t seem to be too much nuance here, except for the blaming of “individuals” — which would hardly be the case had it been Israeli soldiers who violated the cease-fire:

This shows once again just how large the tunnels loom in any attempt to end the IDF’s operations in Gaza. That soldier, a second lieutenant in the IDF, has been confirmed missing by Israel, although his fate is still unclear:

The latest attempt at an Israel-Hamas cease-fire disintegrated Friday. After the capture of an Israeli soldier, the conflict edged closer to escalation than to peace.

The soldier was “abducted” by Palestinian militants during an attack in Gaza in which two other Israeli soldiers died, Israeli military Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. The soldiers were decommissioning a tunnel at the time, Lerner said.

The Israel Defense Forces earlier identified soldier as 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin. A search operation is under way to find him, Lerner confirmed.

“We need to bring him home,” Lerner said later in the interview.

The rapid collapse of the cease-fire brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon puts egg on both faces. Kerry put the blame on Hamas in a statement earlier today:

Secretary of State John Kerry denounced as “outrageous” a militant attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and led to the alleged abduction. Saying it was an affront to assurances to respect the cease-fire given to the United States and United Nations, which brokered the truce. He demanded that the militant Hamas movement that controls Gaza move to “immediately and unconditionally release” the missing Israeli soldier.

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack,” Kerry said in a statement released by the State Department as he was flying back to the U.S. from an official trip to India.

Kerry said he had spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the developments, which led Israel to declare the cease-fire over. Kerry said it would be a “tragedy if this outrageous attack leads to more suffering and loss of life on both sides of this conflict.”

“The international community must now redouble its efforts to end the tunnel and rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists on Israel and the suffering and loss of civilian life,” he said.

Kerry in particular had worked outside the box to get Hamas on board with a cease-fire, engaging at one time with Turkey and Qatar, two of Hamas’ allies, in order to find some way to stop their attacks so that Israel would halt operations in Gaza. Kerry mentioned neither in his announcement yesterday, but it’s difficult to see how anyone would have credited Hamas with an agreement to stop operations on the basis of the original Egyptian proposal alone, which is what happened yesterday, without getting some sort of assurances from Qatar, Turkey, or both that Hamas would stick to it. In retrospect, it’s either incredible naïveté on the part of the negotiators, or someone issued a guarantee that turned out to be worthless.

Speaking of the Qataris, does anyone else find this a little curious in relation to the US’ sudden interest in roping them into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process?

Qatar’s real estate investment arm decided in 2010 to pump $650 million into City Center, becoming the main owner of the $1 billion project on the site of the District’s old convention center in Northwest Washington. Last week, the first nine tenants moved into City Center apartments; office occupancy is expected next spring, with 40 shops opening in the fall.

Qatar had never invested in D.C. real estate before. And its spending spree didn’t stop there. The Qataris also invested in Chicago, where their Al Faisal Group last year bought the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel. The group has said it will seek other American properties. …

In recent weeks, Qatar Airways announced plans to expand its U.S. servicein 2014 by adding Dallas, Miami and Philadelphia to a lineup of destinations that includes Houston, Washington, New York and Chicago. And last month, Qatar said it will spend $19 billion to buy 50 Boeing 777 aircraft, part of a larger deal between the U.S. aviation company and Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The number of Qatari students at U.S. universities has jumped fivefold in the past decade, and the Qatari Foundation International is spending $5 million this year to encourage U.S. schools to teach Arabic.

The surge in interest and investment in the United States by one of the world’s smallest countries is raising eyebrows and questions, many of which boil down to, “Why?”

Buying Current TV and turning it into Al Jazeera America made some sense, in terms of spreading the network’s brand, which had not caught on in the US through the Internet alone. This sudden infusion of billions in investment doesn’t seem to have that kind of obvious strategic sense, especially with their interest in prime Washington DC real estate. Given their friendly relations to Hamas, to whom the Qataris supply significant amounts of funds, it seems all the more curious. In 2009, the same John Kerry who asked Qatar to intervene with Hamas openly rejected Qatar as an ally of the US as long as they funded the terrorists of Hamas:

Before he joined the Obama administration, then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke out against Qatar’s relationship with Hamas.

“Qatar,” he told a Brookings Institution audience on March 4, 2009, “can’t continue to be an American ally on Monday that sends money to Hamas on Tuesday.”

“All Arab nations must increase their efforts at this critical juncture,” he said in the same speech. “The most vital and immediate contribution the Arab community can make right now is frankly to pressure Hamas to stop firing rockets …”

Perhaps Kerry thought he could use the leverage of the US alliance to force Qatar to make good on his 2009 demand. If that’s what he thought, though, Kerry proved himself very much mistaken in 2014 while more or less correct in 2009. However this cease fire came together, its rapid collapse has further damaged the credibility of those who claimed to have achieved it. Perhaps the US and UN should look for better negotiators at this point, or at least some who understand the “barbaric” nature of Hamas and its mission.


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It’s like they don’t even realize that terrorist organizations well resort to terrorism. Smart Power!

Flange on August 1, 2014 at 12:47 PM

Now who could have seen Kerry fail? Well, anyone with a brain.

I find it interesting that now Kerry has been publically embarrassed, via Obama proxy – the admin is going to denounce Hamas.

It’s all about political posturing – being the so-called “smartest diplomat – Kerry” double failed. When your outreach pisses off The Fatah / West Bank folks, well there is your answer. Yet, it wasn’t until this recent “ceasefire” was broken, in less time than sitting at a nice restaurant – then this admin gets “mad”

For the sake of Israel – I’ll take it.

Odie1941 on August 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

The rapid collapse of the cease-fire brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon puts egg on both faces.

Unexpectedly….

workingclass artist on August 1, 2014 at 12:49 PM

But Hamas members are not terrorists.

Kiss,

Jimbo56

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

John Kerry was swift-missiled by Hamas… – Low Information voting democrat

workingclass artist on August 1, 2014 at 12:51 PM

“The United States has, unilaterally, unfriended Hamas on Facebook and urges other leaders around the world to do the same”

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The rapid collapse of the cease-fire brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon puts egg on both faces.

Blunder Twins power, activate!

Flange on August 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

It’s past time that the IDF gets Biblical once and for all on Hamas.

meci on August 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Qatar = Geppetto

Kerry = Pinocchio

Franklin100 on August 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The rapid collapse of the cease-fire brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon puts egg on both faces

I doubt it. No egg is going to stick on Kerry’s face. Way too smooth.

butch on August 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The White House seems to be finally in their phase with Hamas that Jimmy Carter got to on Dec. 27, 1979, after finding out the Soviets had been lying to him when they invaded Afghanistan. Now we’ll see how long this moment of clear-headedness lasts (and unlike with Carter, there’s no 2016 Gaza Summer Olympiad for Obama to pull the U.S. out of as an attempt to win “I’m angrily angry” style points with the public).

jon1979 on August 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

“Well, first of all, we need you to be messengers about what is actually going on here” must’ve been translated poorly.

rogerb on August 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

“Smooth” referring to his facial skin texture, of course.

butch on August 1, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Why does anyone believe there can be negotiations when one party’s declared primary objective is the genocide of the other party? An objective I will add which is backed by documented actions and has historical fidelity to the stated objective.

Such people are utterly stupid and possibly certifiably insane, yet these are the people we have trying to create such negotiations.

There is only one solution and it will eventually be implemented. The ruling class will seriously go nuts then.

Skwor on August 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Qatar is investing in DC and Chicago?

I bet they feel right at home. They’re used to being around murder and crime.

The Rogue Tomato on August 1, 2014 at 12:59 PM

It’s past time that the IDF gets Biblical once and for all on Hamas.

meci on August 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

It is comming and it will be just that.

Skwor on August 1, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Perhaps the US and UN should look for better negotiators at this point, or at least some who understand the “barbaric” nature of Hamas and its mission.

Cut ‘em some slack, Ed.

At least this Regime properly understands the “barbaric” nature of the more dangerous TEA Party TerRorists and their mission, so they’ve got that goin’ for them …

ShainS on August 1, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I thought Hamas was a humanitarian organization???…

PatriotRider on August 1, 2014 at 1:03 PM

This is why there must be a limit to “free trade”. Also this is why Wall Street must not be allowed to totally dictate foreign policy. Of course trade matters, but not at the expense of national security. If it was up to some of these “free trade” purist we would have had free trade with the Soviet Union back in the day.

Countries like Qatar. a known financier of Jihadists groups world wide, should be restricted in what they can and cannot buy in the U.S. We don’t let Iran do this, same should be with Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and other Islamist nations.

William Eaton on August 1, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Kerry’s failure at “peace” only makes him a stronger candidate for the 2016 Primary against Hillary.

The more you Fail as a democrat, the more the base loves you.

Couple more Ukraine / Russia and Israel / Gaza dust ups and he’ll be leading in all the Dem polls.

Maybe Kerry can go to the DMZ and see if he can’t do anything with those pesky North Koreans.

Dino V on August 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

UN Condemns Israel’s Latest War Crime: Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

Schadenfreude on August 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

“Individuals”.

See, Hamas isn’t to blame, it’s just some rogue “individuals” (like those rogue IRS agents in Cincinnati, no doubt).

Midas on August 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

It’s past time that the IDF gets Biblical once and for all on Hamas.

meci on August 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

From your lips to God’s ear…

Midas on August 1, 2014 at 1:09 PM

John Kerry is upset by heavy criticism from Israelis — left, right and center — of his recent cease-fire diplomacy. But that’s only half the story. More significant is the consternation of America’s Arab partners, starting with the president of the Palestinian Authority. Mahmoud Abbas was stunned that Kerry would fly off to Paris to negotiate with Hamas allies Qatar and Turkey in talks that excluded the PA and Egypt.

The talks also undermined Egypt’s cease-fire proposal, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected (and would have prevented the vast majority of the casualties on both sides). “Kerry tried through his latest plan to destroy the Egyptian bid,” charged a senior Palestinian official quoted in the Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat — a peace plan that the PA itself had supported.

It gets worse. Kerry did not just trample an Egyptian initiative. It was backed by the entire Arab League and specifically praised by Saudi Arabia. With the exception of Qatar — more a bank than a country — the Arabs are unanimous in wanting to see Hamas weakened, if not overthrown. The cease-fire-in-place they backed would have denied Hamas any reward for starting this war, while what Kerry brought back from Paris granted practically all of its demands.

Which is what provoked the severe criticism Kerry received at home. When as respected and scrupulously independent a national security expert as David Ignatius calls Kerry’s intervention a blunder, you know this is not partisan carping from the usual suspects. This is general amazement at Kerry’s cluelessness.

Yet America’s secretary of state doesn’t see it. Speaking of Hamas-run Gaza, Kerry actually said in Paris: “The Palestinians can’t have a cease-fire in which they think the status quo is going to stay.” What must change? Gazans need “goods that can come in and out . . . a life that is free from the current restraints.”

Whatever his intent, Kerry legitimized Hamas’s war criminality. Which makes his advocacy of Hamas’s terms not just a strategic blunder — enhancing a U.S.-designated terrorist group just when a wall-to-wall Arab front wants to see it gone — but a moral disgrace.

Resist We Much on August 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Stop playing the games of Obama and Kerry. Plain and simple. Destroy Hamas and the tunnels now, and don’t stop until its complete. A Vietnam Veteran.

leader4hru on August 1, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Does it seem that the trolls are more “cherry pickier” than usual about what threads to show up on?

Come on guys, this is your leftist admin calling Hamas “barbaric”. Where’s the outrage?

battalion on August 1, 2014 at 1:15 PM

You know who I wish we had for SoS? Billy Beane.

butch on August 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Isn’t Quatar the same place that’s looking after the 5 terrorist jihadists we let go to free the deserter Bergdahl for?
It’s no different than if Moe, Larry, and Curly were running the country and there’s still 2 years, 5 months, and 19 days left. ;~((

nikophil on August 1, 2014 at 1:16 PM

The UN will betray you.

viking01 on August 1, 2014 at 1:18 PM

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack,” Kerry said in a statement released by the State Department as he was flying back to the U.S. from an official trip to India.

Kerry will soon enough clarify that he did not mean to accuse all of Hamas but the few rogue agents that otherwise detract from the humanitarian mission of the organization.

Happy Nomad on August 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Time to put the a**holes in charge.

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Taking an Israeli Soldier prisoner is really going to get them pi$$ed off now. They aren’t going to stop blowing $hit up looking for him. Wrong move Hamas.

Johnnyreb on August 1, 2014 at 1:20 PM

“The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s attack,” Kerry said in a statement released by the State Department as he was flying back to the U.S. from an official trip to India.

What? They don’t qualify for moderate terms of condemnment?

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM

UN Condemns Israel’s Latest War Crime: Not Sharing Iron Dome with Hamas

I guess they mean like the UN shares its buildings with Hamas to build tunnels from.

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/08/terrortunnels-hamas-detonates-suicide-bomb-kidnaps-idf-soldier-just-90-mins-into-ceasefire/

The money quote: “Some of those tunnels were built with entrances INSIDE United Nations buildings, ostensibly with tacit UN approval.”

Saverio on August 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

“The United States has, unilaterally, unfriended Hamas on Facebook and urges other leaders around the world to do the same”

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

#FrownyFaceFaceHamas

Smart Diplomacy

kjl291 on August 1, 2014 at 1:31 PM

“The United States has, unilaterally, unfriended Hamas on Facebook and urges other leaders around the world to do the same”

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

#FrownyFaceHamas

Smart Diplomacy

kjl291 on August 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

The money quote: “Some of those tunnels were built with entrances INSIDE United Nations buildings, ostensibly with tacit UN approval.”

Saverio on August 1, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Just imagine how the UN similarly betrays civilization in Noo Yawk City.

viking01 on August 1, 2014 at 1:32 PM

And last month, Qatar said it will spend $19 billion to buy 50 Boeing 777 aircraft,

Think about that. 50 B-777s (seating up to 451 people) is enough capacity to move the entire population of Qatar (~2.1M) 4 times in one year.

And we are all aware of the extensive travel habits of all those Qatarians. One of the biggest travel related services is camel sitting while the owners travel the world.

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 1:44 PM

But Hamas members are not terrorists.

Kiss,

Jimbo56

Del Dolemonte on August 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

For the rest of you, don’t miss the methodical and brilliant disassembly of Jimbo yesterday by our poster ‘Athos’, from the ‘Is Hamas Calling it Quits’ thread:

http://hotair.com/archives/2014/07/31/is-hamas-calling-it-quits/comment-page-2/#comments

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

“The United States has, unilaterally, unfriended Hamas on Facebook and urges other leaders around the world to do the same”

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Hamas posted they are heartbroken.

dogsoldier on August 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

I’m sure King Putt is giving Hamas a serious down-twinkles on facebook right now…..

dentarthurdent on August 1, 2014 at 2:09 PM

It’s just a couple of bad apples. Expect a harshly worded condemnation from the Golfer In Chief.

ezspirit on August 1, 2014 at 2:10 PM

slickwillie2001 on August 1, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Very enjoyable. Thank you.

butch on August 1, 2014 at 2:15 PM

Hamas only agreed to the cease-fire so they could take an Israeli soldier hostage to use as a bargaining chip, whom they could later trade for the liberation of 50 or 100 Palestinian terrorists.

If there hadn’t been a cease-fire, the Israeli soldier would likely have fought to the death (of himself and/or his attackers) and never been captured alive.

Steve Z on August 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Eradicate Hamas to the last man. Make even membership in Hamas a capital crime. Find Hamas members wherever they are across the globe and snuff them out like the cockroaches they are. They only thing that separates Hamas from the Nazis is that the Nazis were competent. Hamas should be judged (and executed) according to their intent, not their ability to act effectively upon it.

Immolate on August 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

“Hamas is a humanitarian organization.” – Nancy Pelosi

Pork-Chop on August 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

“Hamas is a humanitarian organization.” – Nancy Pelosi
Pork-Chop on August 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Assuming “humanitarian” is actually meant along comparable lines as “vegetarian”……

dentarthurdent on August 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

White House slams Hamas’ “barbaric” kidnapping, cease-fire violations

Hoo-boy!
When the President first hears about this next week on CNN someone’s gonna…get… his…butt…CHEWED! I’ll bet the President gets madder than a WET HEN!

jbspry on August 1, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The rapid collapse of the cease-fire brokered by US Secretary of State John Kerry and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon puts egg on both faces

I doubt it. No egg is going to stick on Kerry’s face. Way too smooth.

butch on August 1, 2014 at 12:54 PM

OMG, that’s NOT EGG!!!

Tard on August 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

“The United States has, unilaterally, unfriended Hamas on Facebook and urges other leaders around the world to do the same”

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 12:52 PM

Hamas posted they are heartbroken.

dogsoldier on August 1, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Followed by “LOLZ!!!”

jbspry on August 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

OMG, that’s NOT EGG!!!

Tard on August 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Speaking of tunnels…..

BobMbx on August 1, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Blunder Twins power, activate!

Flange on August 1, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Kerry: “Shape of…a Horsehead Israeli hater!”
Moon: “Form of…Hamas Sympathizer!”

USNCVN on August 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

This, of course, does not mean they will stop opposing Israel.

formwiz on August 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Lurch will be up for a Nobel prize for brokering the cease fire…

dugbru on August 1, 2014 at 4:46 PM