In June 2008 candidate Barack Obama said Hamas was a terrorist organization.
“My policy toward Hamas has been no different than his. I’ve said that they are a terrorist organization. That we should not negotiate with them unless recognize Israel and renounce violence.“
But, that was back in 2008.
Today Barack Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he was willing to negotiate with Hamas.
The Huffington Post reported:
President Barack Obama is telling Israel’s leader that the United States is willing to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.
Obama spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, as Israel was intensifying an bombardment of the Gaza Strip in an attempt to thwart rocket fire targeting Israel.
The White House says Obama condemned the rockets and said Israel has the right to self-defense. But Obama also urged both sides not to escalate the crisis and to restore calm.
Obama also relayed concerns about a Palestinian-American teenager who was detained and apparently beaten by Israeli authorities. Obama says Israel has worked to resolve that situation.
Maybe Barack can call his brother Malik to help out.