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Peace in Gaza is “all up to Hamas,” Trump aides say in opinion pieces

By Naomi Kundera - July 25, 2018
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Hamas] [Peace Process] [US foreign policy]

On July 19 the Washington Post published an Op-Ed written by White House Middle East aides blaming Hamas for the current situation in Gaza. 

Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Trump, Jason Greenblatt, special US representative for international negotiations, and David Friedman, US ambassador to Israel worked together in producing the piece.
The trio of Middle East envoys claimed, “The nightmare of Hamas’s leadership is continuing and needlessly prolonging the suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza.”
Economic disparities were highlighted as the main focus of Gaza’s problems as well as the “vicious cycle” of “corrupt and hateful leadership” provoking violence.
The authors emphasized the need for economic prosperity in bringing about peace.
“As President Trump has said so many times,” they wrote, “economic security is national security. By encouraging economic recovery in the region, we can enhance our efforts to increase stability as well.”
The international community is also a part of the blame. “More countries want to simply talk and condemn than are willing to confront reality, propose realistic solutions and write meaningful checks.”
It is pointed out that the US has, “invested more money in helping the Palestinian people than has any other country in the world.”
Hamas spokesperson Sami Abu Zuhri responded, "Kushner and Greenblatt are adopting the Israeli narrative, and their aggression against Hamas points to the contempt of the American government."
On Twitter he also added that the American officials are, “mere spokesmen for the Israeli occupation” and their statements show "how shallow this American administration is."
On July 23, CNN also published an opinion piece by the same authors - this time including US representative to the United Nations (UN) Nikki Haley - that further called out the international community and Hamas for the atrocities in Gaza.
Last month the UN condemned Israel’s “excessive use of force in Gaza” and rejected a US-proposed amendment to a resolution that denounced Hamas.
In the CNN piece, Haley and her co-authors wrote that, “Algeria offered a grossly one-sided resolution blaming Israel -- and Israel alone -- for the recent violence in Gaza,” and that the resolution, “blatantly ignored the facts.”
Hamas, described as a “terrorist group that controls Gaza,” was cited as inciting the recent violence by Israel and their, “malign activity is pushing Israel to engage in increasingly significant acts of self-defense.”
The American envoys who wrote these op-eds believe that the “reality of the situation” in Gaza is directly linked to Hamas - and only Hamas - and the only solution is to address this fact.
In the end, the CNN op-ed emphasized how the proposed US Middle East peace plan to be the only realistic option to establishing peace to the Israel-Palestine conflict.
No one will be fully pleased with our proposal, but that's the way it must be if real peace is to be achieved. Peace can only succeed if it is based on realities.”
Lead image: Jared Kusher and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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