Netanyahu “Deeply Troubled” By Obama’s Decision to Support Hamas Government
Via Benjamin Netanyahu twitter
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticized the Obama administration’s decision to support the new Hamas-Fatah government. Netanyahu said he was “deeply troubled” by the news.
Russia Today reported:
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly criticized the Obama administration for pledging to work with the new Palestinian unity government on Tuesday, saying he is “deeply troubled” by the decision.
Additionally, Netanyahu’s office threatened to levy further sanctions on the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority over its decision to reconcile with Gaza-based Hamas, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the US, European Union, and Israel.
The remarks came just one day after the US and EU stated they would recognize and continue to fund the Fatah-Hamas governing alliance, despite objections by the Jewish state. As RT reported previously, Netanyahu had urged the world to reject the unity government due to the involvement of Hamas, a group committed to the destruction of Israel.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Netanyahu expressed frustration over the development.
“I’m deeply troubled by the announcement that the United States will work with the Palestinian government backed by Hamas,” he said, adding that the group has murdered “countless innocent civilians.”
U.S. law is very clear about aid to Hamas–
US law bans funding to Hamas-backed governments stretch back to the 2006 Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act. Recent language from the 2012 approps bill restricts aid from going “to Hamas or any entity effectively controlled by Hamas, any power-sharing government of which Hamas is a member, or that results from an agreement with Hamas and over which Hamas exercises undue influence.”
So, once again, Barack Obama looks like he is flouting the law.