Obama Administration Prepared To Talk To Hamas

Never mind that Hamas has been designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, our President Elect wants to dialog with them (of course secretly at first).

The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush’s ­doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organisation, sources close to the transition team say.

The move to open contacts with Hamas, which could be initiated through the US intelligence services, would represent a definitive break with the Bush ­presidency’s ostracising of the group. The state department has designated Hamas a terrorist organisation, and in 2006 ­Congress passed a law banning US financial aid to the group.

The Guardian has spoken to three ­people with knowledge of the discussions in the Obama camp. There is no talk of Obama approving direct diplomatic negotiations with Hamas early on, but he is being urged by advisers to initiate low-level or clandestine approaches, and there is growing recognition in Washington that the policy of ostracising Hamas is counter-productive. A tested course would be to start ­contacts through Hamas and the US intelligence services, similar to the secret process through which the US engaged with the PLO in the 1970s. Israel did not become aware of the contacts until much later.


“This is going to be an administration that is committed to negotiating with ­critical parties on critical issues,” the source said.

There are a number of options that would avoid a politically toxic scenario for Obama of seeming to give legitimacy to Hamas.

“Secret envoys, multilateral six-party talk-like approaches. The total isolation of Hamas that we promulgated under Bush is going to end,” said Steve Clemons, the director of the American Strategy ­Programme at the New America ­Foundation. “You could do something through the Europeans. You could invent a structure that is multilateral. It is going to be hard for the neocons to swallow,” he said. “I think it is going to happen.”


8 responses to “Obama Administration Prepared To Talk To Hamas

  1. PEBO Husseins admin has never stopped talking to Hamas!

    Since Robert Malley has already seen the undercarriage of the bus, did you really think he was there to stay?

    Robert Malley
    * Director of the Middle East/North Africa Program at the International Crisis Group (ICG)
    * he heads a group of Middle East policy advisers for a think-tank funded (in part) by anti-Israel billionaire activist George Soros
    * 11 May 2008 resigned after news surfaced that he had been meeting with Hamas
    * within hours after Obama’s election victory, Malley was back as a key player in the president-elect’s team of advisors—on his way to Syria.
    * (Rehired) After the U.S. elections, President-elect Obama appointed Robert Malley as a senior foreign policy adviser.
    * 11 Nov 2008 Tuesday that Obama has already dispatched Malley to meet with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar Assad.
    * Malley had been meeting privately with Hamas leaders on a regular basis
    * Malley has advised nations around the world to establish relationships with, and to send financial aid to, the Hamas-led Palestinian government in Gaza.

    Not even sworn in yet and the fraud elect is already associating AGAIN with terrorists.


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  4. Obama is a friend to Hamas. Money came to his campaign from Palestinians, and there were phone banks for his campaign from that area. Look at how many advisers he has had throughout the years who are either Muslim, or were even actually born in Iran, or Syria. Israil may as welll expect no substantive help from the US for the next 4 or 8 years.

  5. It’s time that America had a president with some guts… All the previous ones have been pro-israel and we hope obama will bring some justice in this world, especially to the long suffering palestinians, kick out the jews from the occupied areas of palestine and finally grant statehood to palestine.

    Unless justice is done to the palestinians, there cannot be an everlasting peace in that region. What’s been happening all along is the trouble was being swept under the carpet.

  6. I believe your version of justice means destroying the Jewish state, using the fakestinians as pawns. Sorry but that’s not going to happen.

  7. What a joke ! You whine about tax payers money funding the immigration and settlement of palestinians, and ignore the obscene level of funding that those same taxpayers have been forced to deliver to Israel just to keep it from sinking back into the slime. Big Dark, Soon Come.

  8. Henry spare me your sympathy for the fakestinians. Any money they get is only used to make bombs and to pay for suicide bombers, rather than building any kind of democratic government. With all the money they get, I read that they’re still unable to pay government salaries.

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