Right now, they’ll only admit it hiding behind anonymity:
While the administration’s public response was restrained, American officials expressed dismay in private over not only the flotilla raid, with its attendant deepening of Israel’s isolation around the world, but also over the timing of the crisis, which comes just as long-delayed American-mediated indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians were getting under way.
Some foreign policy experts said the episode highlighted the difficulty of trying to negotiate peace with the Palestinian Authority without taking into account an element often relegated to the background: how to deal with Hamas-ruled Gaza.
When will they have the courage of their convictions (or I should lack of convictions) and break out of their timidity? Face it, Bibi knew he was going to Washington for a meeting with Obama the day after the raid would occur on the flotilla. He approved it anyway. Obama, what does this tell you about your interlocutor? You wanted to fete him with garlands and roses for the terrific job he’s doing making peace with the Palestinians and standing up to our mutual Iranian enemy–and what does he do? He sends his commandos onto a Turkish ship in international waters with guns a-blazin’. Is that the type of ally you value, Barack? One who shoots you in the foot (or in the balls?) every chance he gets?
And indeed , this passage above points up the utter bankruptcy of a U.S.-Israeli policy predicated on pretending Hamas doesn’t exist. The more you try to do this the more incidents like this will blow up in your face. The Arab world will simply not allow you to ignore Gaza or Hamas. And if you ultimately want peace you will have to face Hamas.
I was disturbed, but not surprised by lies undoubtedly introduced into this article by one of its co-authors, Ethan Bronner, about Hamas:
Hamas, the Islamist organization that refuses to recognize Israel’s existence, operates independently of the Palestinian Authority and has rejected any peace talks.
First, Hamas has said it would recognize Israel’s existence (though not its Jewish nature) in the context of a withdrawal to 1967 borders. Second, Hamas has repeatedly expressed willingness to negotiate with Israel without preconditions. Since these points have been made to Bronner and the N.Y. Times editors before I can only call these outright lies which the Times refuses to acknowledge or correct. While I am no apoligist for Hamas, I believe it’s record should not be falsified by someone who should know better.