he's not talking to hamas because we told him not to... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jeff
    • 24.09.09 | 09:54 (IDT)

    During the campaign he was actually accused of hypocrisy for suggesting to talk to Iran and North Korea but not to Hamas, and the reason for his refusal to talk to Hamas came from the fact that both the Israeli government and many of us in the Jewish community (who were already terrified of him and whose support he needed pretty badly) told him not to because we felt that it would "legitimize them..." I'm not exactly a fan of Obama but we can't threaten him during the election to not talk to hamas, and then criticize him later when he doesn't...

    from the article: Gideon Levy / Obama, you won't make peace without talking to Hamas
    First published 01:58 24.09.09 | Last updated 08:39 24.09.09
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