On Friday, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland announced that it was suddenly fine for foreign dignitaries to visit the terrorist Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip. Why? Because now that Hamas was firing hundreds of rockets on Israel, those dignitaries could visit to try to push “de-escalation.” Sure, the Egyptian prime minister is showing up to – in the words of the Egyptian government – show solidarity with Hamas. But according to the State Department, that’s all well and good, because he’s actually there to promote peace.
Here’s the relevant exchange:
For the State Department to suddenly end diplomatic isolation of Hamas thanks to aggressive attacks on Israeli civilians is disgusting. The whole purpose of diplomatic isolation is to discourage such attacks and connections – especially with Egypt, which has been funneling ordinance into the Gaza Strip for months. Now, though, the State Department is backing down from a confrontation with Egypt, pretending that Egypt is a moderating force.
The State Department, though, is simultaneously pretending that by allowing talks with Hamas, they aren't negotiating with Hamas. Seriously. Here's more of the exchange:
QUESTION: Okay. Through the mediation with your good friends the Qataris, the Egyptians, and the Turks, Hamas moderates tremendously and gives up on rockets and so on. Will that be, like, an opening for direct contact with Hamas, with the United States?Unless, of course, they fire more rockets on Israel. In that case, anybody can visit them. That's what gives them a seat at the table. What a set of perverse incentives.
MS. NULAND: With our direct contact with Hamas?
QUESTION: Yes, ma’am.
MS. NULAND: You know what our conditions for contact with Hamas have been. They have not changed; they will not change in this circumstance. They need to recognize Israel’s right to exist. They need to renounce violence and take those other measures that we’ve always called for.