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Sunday, June 15, 2014


Burned out vehicle at site of Hamas attack on 12 June
No, the title is not sensationalism. 

It is not overstatement. It is not semantics. 

It is absolute truth.

The United States is now an official sponsor of one of the world's most famous terrorist organizations—Hamas.

Consider the following scenarios:

Masked gunmen open fire on a family in the West Bank, murdering the father and wounding his wife and child. A rocket attack launched from Gaza kills a four-year old boy and his grandfather as they play together in a park. An SUV stuffed with high-grade explosives detonates next to the Israeli Consulate in New York, ending dozens of American lives. All three attacks are funded with US taxpayer dollars. 

This is the future that lies ahead. 

It is already coming true.

There is an alarming trend in Washington D.C.—a willful, almost pathological pattern of sending U.S. dollars on a winding, circuitous path toward terrorist organizations. Until a few days ago, this support was always indirect and arguably unintentional. 

However, with the completion of the new unity government in the Palestinian Authority, the United States is now funneling hundreds of millions of dollars directly into the hands of terrorists—and the State Department worked hard to make it happen.

The Set-up:

On 23 April, Hamas and Fatah announced a deal to form a unity government for the Palestinian Authority, which was set to be finalized in June. Hamas is a bonafide, active terrorist organization that plays a prominent role in the State Department’s own annual report on terrorism, released in April.

This impending Palestinian Authority/Hamas government raised all kinds of flags and alarms in the international community, yet the Obama administration offered almost no response. A State Department spokesperson called the timing “troubling” and the announcement “disappointing.” That’s it.

At the time, Secretary Kerry offered no overt indication as to what will happen to the $440 million in US foreign aid that the Palestinian Authority is projected to receive this year. The only mention came in the form of a backchannel push to Reuters through an anonymous State Department official noting that, “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to non-violence [and] recognition of the state of Israel.”

Thus the Obama administration's favorite game began again—the game of semantics. The anonymous official tactically avoided the word “terrorist” or the name “Hamas,” much like the administration tactically avoided the word “coup” when faced with a challenge to its aid to Egypt last year. In truth, that leak to Reuters was not meant for the public at all. It was an offer for Hamas, a demonstration that the State Department was willing to give Hamas and the Palestinian Authority a verbal out. The subtext was clear, “Change your words, not your actions, and we can keep sending you money.”

We should expect nothing less. Money is the Obama administration’s primary foreign policy tool, with foreign aid expenditures increasing by 28% in the president’s first term alone.

The Execution:

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority got the message loud and clear. They wasted no time in taking up the State Department's thinly-veiled offer. 

AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed
According to the Washington Post, Hamas accepted State Department help in crafting a government that excludes Hamas officials from key ministry positions, therefore meeting the dubious semantic qualification of not bearing "undue influence" from Hamas.


Whether or not the most important government officials were taken from Hamas leaders, Hamas is now part of the Palestinian Authority government and will be receiving funds through US aid that it can apply to all its activities—the horrific indoctrination of youth to produce "martyrs," the direct rocket attacks from Gaza, the kidnappings, and all the rest. And certainly it will, because the State Department's crafty solution eliminated the need for Hamas to commit to non-violence.

In fact, in a tragically seamless transition to legitimacy under US
sponsorship, Hamas did not take a break from terrorism at all. Ten days after the formation of the new government, three teens were kidnapped during a violent attack in the West Bank. According to Haaretz, Israeli intelligence and forensic teams have linked Hamas political leaders to the attack—members of the new unity government.

The Future:

Of course, US backing has made kidnappings and rockets small potatoes. With hundreds of millions of US tax dollars flowing directly into their hands, Hamas will finally be able to act out broader threats.

The scenarios that opened this article are based in reality. The first two are based on attacks praised or claimed by Hamas in recent months. The last, most devastating scenario is based on a call for violence issued last July by a Hamas official—now a lower-ranking member of the unity government—that called for Hamas followers to begin attacks on Israeli allies worldwide. 

Imagine that someone you love is tragically killed in a Hamas attack on US soil. Now imagine that you paid for that attack with your own money. 

This will soon become a twisted reality for many Americans.


One of the teens kidnapped on 12 June is a U.S. citizen—16-year-old Naftali Frankel. 

In a wildly paradoxical move, Secretary of State John Kerry has condemned  the kidnappings. The State Department also agrees with the IDF assessment that Hamas is behind them. At this point 100 arrests have been made, including numerous Hamas officials. Yet there is still no mention from the US administration of ceasing funding to a unity government backed by the same terrorist group.

Who will explain to Naftali's mother that the United States is both condemning and funding her son's tormentors? 

James R. Hannibal earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the U.S. Air Force Academy and has spent more than 1,000 combat hours hunting insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the author of SHADOW CATCHER and SHADOW MAKER from Berkley Books and Brilliance Audio.

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