Wednesday, July 09, 2014

  • Wednesday, July 09, 2014
  • Elder of Ziyon
Yesterday, the Washington Free Beacon noted that the State Department was continuing to maintain that Hamas is not part of the "unity" government and therefore Mahmoud Abbas cannot be held responsible in the slightest for rocket attacks:
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki claimed again Tuesday that “no evidence” existed that the terrorist organization Hamas “plays any role” in the Palestinian government.

A reporter asked Psaki if President Mahmoud Abbas bore any blame for the current fighting between Israel and Hamas, saying, “at one point, yes, it was a conflict between just the U.S. and Hamas, and Abbas had no real kind of skin in the game, because it was between the two parties even though it was affecting the Palestinian people directly. But now, he’s part of a unity government and has some influence with Hamas now, wouldn’t you say?”

” Well, we have no evidence that Hamas plays any role in the interim technocratic government, and as far as we know, there have also been no steps taken for the implementation of the reconciliation,” Psaki said.
In my opinion, the reporter (almost certainly Matt Lee of AP) did not ask the right question.

The State Department can claim that no Hamas members are part of the PA, which is not really much of a government to begin with since it only deals with domestic matters. However, Mahmoud Abbas has a far more direct responsibility for rocket attacks against Israel.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is part of Fatah, has taken gleeful credit for a number of rocket salvos on Israel. And Mahmoud Abbas is the leader of Fatah.

This Fatah group issued three press releases yesterday claiming credit for shooting 19 rockets at Israel (which they call "usurped land") including 11 rockets towards Ashkelon. 

They don't even claim that they are aiming at military targets, only naming the cities that they are shooting the rockets toward.

Abbas has not condemned rocket attacks by his group aimed at Israeli civilians. There is no indication that he has dissociated himself from this group. It is entirely possible that Fatah - or the Fatah-dominated PLO - pays their salaries.

This clear connection between the "man of peace" Mahmoud Abbas and the terror group that answers to him is the issue that the State Department must address.

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