Skip to comments.Envoy says US will work to get Abbas back ruling Gaza after conflict over [Israel and Hamas]
Posted on 07/19/2014 1:11:03 PM PDT by Star Traveler
Dan Shapiro: Well seek to help moderate Palestinians become stronger in Gaza, since theyd run it better than Hamas, a terrorist group
The US wants to see Mahmoud Abbass Palestinian Authority restored to ruling Gaza after the current conflict is over, and will make efforts to bring this about, American Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro indicated Saturday night.
In an interview with Israels Channel 2 news, Shapiro was asked about the unity government formed last month by Abbass Fatah faction and Hamas. He did not reply directly and instead noted that Abbas was currently in close contact with Egypt, trying to broker a ceasefire to end the Hamas-Israel hostilities. Then he said, At the end of this conflict, well seek to help the moderate elements among the Palestinians to become stronger in Gaza, referring to Abbass PA. They might be able to run Gaza more effectively than Hamas, a terror organization.
Hamas ousted Abbass forces in a violent takeover in 2007.
Echoing remarks made by President Barack Obama in public and in a phone conversation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, Shapiro said the US strongly backs Israels right to defend itself. Its intolerable for any state to have rockets fired at its citizens, or terrorists infiltrating via tunnels. He said the US understands the need for the current ground offensive.
Asked if that support came with reservations, Shapiro said, There is no yes, but to that US backing. At the same time, we worry about injury, after a [possible] further escalation, to civilians, on both sides by the way, and hope Israel will continue to run the operation in the way that minimizes the harm to civilians as much as possible. He added that this is an imperative Israel recognizes.
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It looks like some "realignment" among the Arab/Muslim block with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the USA on one side and Turkey, Qatar, Iran and Hamas on the other side.
So what about the tunnels between Mexico and the U.S.? Why doesn’t Obama get upset about terrorists infiltration through those?
My advice to the US is stay the hell out of it. Let Israel handle it. Hopefully they will occupy the Gaza permanently so as to eliminate ever happening again.
Busy shooting down planes ... LOL ...
> the State Department said the high civilian death toll in Gaza has been heartbreaking. Three more children were killed in Gaza on Thursday. Of the Gaza beach attacks that killed four cousins on Wednesday, Psaki called the attack horrifying... The tragic event makes clear that Israel must take every possible step to meet its standards for protecting civilians from being killed. We will continue to underscore that point to Israel. Asked whether the U.S. believes Israel has not done enough to prevent civilian casualties, Psaki said: We believe that certainly theres more that can be done.
Hamas vs PA......coming up
"Moderate Palestinians; that's a lot like mid-sized rattlesnakes.
The classic joke about Abbas is that he is on the tenth year of his four year term.