U.S. State Department spokesman Robert Wood…referring to the possible inclusion of anti-Arab right wing Yisrael Beiteinu in the future coalition said “It’s not for the U.S. to make this kind of characterization, it’s the choice the Israeli people made.
Yes, Hamas was elected, but Hamas was also elected to act responsibly, and Hamas has not acted responsibly,” says Secretary Rice. “…They have refused to renounce violence. It’s very hard to imagine a partner for peace that refuses to renounce violence and refuses to recognize the right of the other partner to even exist.
Thanks to Phil Weiss for pointing out the utter hypocrisy of the U.S., which claims it’s more than happy to accept an Israeli government including racist Arab-hater Avigdor Lieberman, while it refuses to endorse Hamas which won an even larger percentage of the Palestinian vote than Lieberman.
When it comes to Israel, our standards seem to be a bit lower than when it comes to the Palestinians, who must be pure as driven snow before their democracy can be recognized as legitimate.