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Sunday, July 27, 2014
President Obama: Only disarm Hamas in context of final status agreement

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA:

Compare and contrast:

"1....The EU calls on Hamas to immediately put an end to these acts and to
renounce violence. All terrorist groups in Gaza must disarm. The EU strongly
condemns calls on the civilian
population of Gaza to provide themselves as human shields."
EU Council conclusions on the Middle East Peace Process Summary: 22 July
2014, Brussels - Council of the European Union Foreign

"The President stressed the U.S. view that, ultimately, any lasting solution
to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist
groups and the demilitarization of Gaza."

That's right: The European Union insists that "All terrorist groups in Gaza
must disarm". Period. But President "we have Israel's back" Obama see
disarming of the terrorists as something that will happen "ultimately" and
within the context of a "lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict ."

Put in plain English: if those damn Israelis don't sit down and sign a
final status agreement with the Palestinians then as far as President Obama
is concerned Hamas can keep its entire armory intact.

Take note also that while the EU condemns Hamas for its role in causing
Palestinian civilians deaths Mr. Obama is silent on the matter.]

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release July 27, 2014
Readout of the Presidentís Call with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/27/readout-president-s-call-prime-minister-netanyahu-israel

President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke again today by phone
about the situation in Gaza. The President underscored the United Statesí
strong condemnation of Hamasí rocket and tunnel attacks against Israel and
reaffirmed Israelís right to defend itself. The President also reiterated
the United Statesí serious and growing concern about the rising number of
Palestinian civilian deaths and the loss of Israeli lives, as well as the
worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Building on Secretary Kerryís efforts, the President made clear the
strategic imperative of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian
ceasefire that ends hostilities now and leads to a permanent cessation of
hostilities based on the November 2012 ceasefire agreement. The President
reaffirmed the United Statesí support for Egyptís initiative, as well as
regional and international coordination to end hostilities. The President
underscored the enduring importance of ensuring Israelís security,
protecting civilians, alleviating Gazaís humanitarian crisis, and enacting a
sustainable ceasefire that both allows Palestinians in Gaza to lead normal
lives and addresses Gazaís long-term development and economic needs, while
strengthening the Palestinian Authority. The President stressed the U.S.
view that, ultimately, any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict must ensure the disarmament of terrorist groups and the
demilitarization of Gaza.

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