What Will It Take For US To Renounce Palestinian Unity Government?

When the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas was first announced in April, the US State Department stressed the need for nonviolence in any unity government.  At an April 23 press briefing, State Department Spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated that “our principles on the issue of reconciliation have been consistent for decades. Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, and acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties.”

In June, when the “technocratic” unity government was actually formed, the State Department appeared to make its recognition conditional on adherence to those principles, with spokesperson Jen Psaki telling reporters that, “based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government . . . . [the US] will be judging this government by its actions.”  Psaki added that “We will continue to evaluate the composition and policies of the new government, and if needed, we will recalibrate our approach.”  From such statements, one would expect that the Obama administration would hold the new government accountable for violence stemming from within the Palestinian territories.

Will the US State Department hold true to its word?

Will the US State Department hold true to its word?

Since rocket fire from Gaza resumed several days ago, both White House and State Department spokespeople have condemned it. It has now become apparent that some members of Fatah, as well as Hamas and Islamic Jihad, are participating in the violence.  As of yesterday’s press briefing, however, there has been no effort made to hold the Palestinian unity government accountable, and no indication that the administration intends to reconsider the US position on the Hamas government.  Although the State Department’s assertion that Hamas does not play a role in the new government is absurd on its face, the US policy of “working with this government” does not appear to have changed.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren has reportedly pointed out that “[r]ight now the administration sees no contradiction between condemning the Hamas rocket fire and maintaining its recognition of the Hamas-Fatah unity government.” The US government currently has some serious questions to answer, such as, how can the government of the United States continue to work with a government that has clearly become a sponsor of terrorism?  The very same factions that are currently controlling the Palestinian government are now responsible for rocket fire on major cities.  If rockets on Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are not sufficient for the US to reconsider its recognition of this Hamas government, what would be?

At this point the US is clearly not holding true to its word that it would  “judg[e] this government by its actions.”

About Mirabelle

A Zionist in exile, Mirabelle has, in past lives, been a lawyer, a skier, and a chef. Outside of Israel, her favorite place in the world is Sun Valley, Idaho.

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  • Leocrumb

    People don’t want to see what’s in front of their face. Even Israelis don’t want to admit it. The US is fast moving from a policy of duplicity towards Israel into a policy of hostility.

  • MohammedTheTeddyBear

    Well, getting rid of the friend of Rashid Khalidi and Edward Said who is currently POTUS would be a good start to this…..

  • Art Deco

    “based on what we know now, we intend to work with this government . . .
    . [the US] will be judging this government by its actions.”

    Can you imagine working in a trade where it was your job to be a conduit for such inanities? If God is merciful, J. Psaki (a.k.a. Mrs. G. Mecher) will get pregnant and see fit to stay home for a few years ‘ere easing into a different line of work.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    As long as Republicans remain obsessed with Obamacare, nothing will happen. When they start holding the State Department to account and make a major political issue of this, then we will see some action.

    • Art Deco

      About 11% of the value added in the American economy is attributable to the medical sector. Of course they are concerned with that.

      • Norman_In_New_York

        I would say that Hamas terrorism abetted by Obama’s mealy mouth is more of a winning issue for the Republicans than an obsession that they have repeated over and over ad nauseum for the last five years.

        • Art Deco

          You mean fight a mid-term federal election on Hamas rocket attacks on Sderot rather, than, say, Obama leaving the market for household health insurance bollocks? Sounds like a plan…

    • Jim from Iowa

      The sad truth, Norman, down deep in their hearts, mainstream Republicans, for the most part, don’t really care about Israel. And right-wing Christians only care about Jews to the extent that they think they can convert them into fellow Evangelicals. Your fellow American Jews, overwhelmingly on the Left, however, do care, and go to bat for Israel every single day. But they, like me, don’t see this right-wing government coalition as the salvation of Israel.

      • Art Deco

        You’re as disoriented as he is.

        • Jim from Iowa

          It can be disorienting watching Fox News and listening to right-wing talk radio. I try to keep up with what is going on in conservative circles in order to try to see their point of view. But they paint a picture of an alternate reality which can make your head spin. Perhaps I’ve overdone it a bit. Thanks for the feedback.

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