Oh Yippie!… Obama Is Preparing Talks With Hamas
Now, the Obama Camp is preparing to hold talks with Hamas killers.
Et tu, Izzy?
Even Saddam Hussein’s henchmen are wanting to hold talks with Obama and hope to take Iraq off his hands with a premature withdrawal.
The Guardian reported:
The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon President 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 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 in his administration, 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.
Funny, it wasn’t that long ago that Obama told Israel not to hold talks with Hamas.
Of course, this is the same group that publishes booby-trap maps for killing Israelis.