Hamas mourns bin Laden, Carter supports Hamas

Hamas PM Ismail Haniyya at a press conference in Gaza called to denounce the killing of Osama bin Laden

Hamas PM Ismail Haniyya at a press conference in Gaza called to denounce the killing of Osama bin Laden

Sometimes it’s too easy. Compare this:

And then there is the Palestinian Hamas, whose top leader in the Gaza Strip mourned bin laden [sic] on Monday as an “Arab holy warrior.” Ismail Haniyeh, who is Hamas’s prime minister, told reporters that “we regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood.”

“We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” said the man who has assured former president Jimmy Carter, among other envoys, of Hamas’s peaceful intentions toward Israel and the United States. “We ask God to offer him mercy with the true believers and the martyrs.”

Jackson Diehl, Washington Post

With this:

President Carter said, “This [Fatah/Hamas] agreement, and the promise of elections in the next twelve months, has the potential to arrest the spiral of intra-Palestinian human rights violations and preserve Palestinian democracy.  It can also lead to a leadership representing all Palestinians capable of negotiating peace with Israel.  Based on my years of contacts with Fatah and Hamas, I am confident that, if handled creatively and flexibly by the international community, Hamas’ return to unified Palestinian governance can increase the likelihood of a two-state solution and a peaceful outcome. I encourage the international community to respect this decision by the Palestinian leadership and to view it as part of the larger democratic trend sweeping the region.”

The Carter Center (April 29)

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2 Responses to “Hamas mourns bin Laden, Carter supports Hamas”

  1. Shalom Freedman says:

    The implication of this piece is that Carter approves of Bin- Laden which is probably not the case at all.
    I believe Carter ‘s record and this statement about ‘Hamas’ and ‘Fatah’ say enough about his bias, and wrong- headedness without making this kind of not completely fair ‘linkage’.

  2. Vic Rosenthal says:

    Shalom –

    No, that’s not my intent. I don’t think Carter approves of bin Laden. But Carter has made it clear that he approves of Hamas, and Hamas shows its true colors yet again by approving of bin Laden. Carter has a problem recognizing evil.