One reaction I thought interesting comes from Americans for Prace Now President and CEO Debra DeLee. She believes that Palestinian Reconciliation Deal is an Opportunity for Obama. Watch her brush aside any concern for the Hamas dedication to Israel's destruction--let alone the firing of rockets at civilian targets:
"Clearly, it would be preferable if Hamas -- a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization with a long history of bloody attacks on Israel -- could be completely wished away. However, five years of U.S., Israeli, and international efforts to sideline Hamas have failed. The reality today is that the Gaza-West Bank split is a hurdle to peace efforts, raising questions about the capacity of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to implement an agreement.If you blinked, you missed how a self-professed advocate for peace just made Hamas terrorist goals a secondary concern.
DeLee wants to get past that inconvenient law about firing rockets at civilians. After all, if Hamas has managed to keep doing it for 5 years, surely they deserve something for their trouble. How about a state?
On the other hand, House Foreign Affairs Chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros- Lehtinen delineates how Congress would view a Hamas-Fatah state , based on--of all things--the law:
“According to existing U.S. law, such a hybrid government cannot be a recipient of U.S. taxpayer funds because the law stipulates that the PA government must recognize the Jewish state of Israel’s right to exist, among other things. Therefore, in order to implement existing law, the U.S. must end assistance to the Palestinian Authority.It remains to be seen whether the EU will likewise be consistent in applying the law to the proposed terrorist state.
Hopefully, not eveyone will be as nonchallant about terrorism as Americans for Peace Now.