That Hamas chose to launch its massive barrage against Israel after President Obama’s re-election is no coincidence. He’s given it every reason to feel it can act with relative impunity.
The president’s unconditional support for two of Hamas’ biggest enablers in the region — Turkey and the new Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt — clearly have emboldened the terror group.
Since taking control of Gaza in 2006, Hamas has regularly shelled Israel. But rocket and mortar attacks against its civilians have increased each year since Obama took office.
Through Nov. 20 of this year, Hamas fired a total of 1,203 missiles and rockets, up from 156 for all of 2009, according to an unclassified Israel Defense Forces report. Through Oct. 31, meanwhile, mortar attacks more than doubled to 204.
After Obama was re-elected, the terror group intensified its bombardment of Israel, firing more than 640 rockets through last week’s cease-fire.
For the first time, Hamas rockets pounded Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, not just the region next to Gaza. Not only have attacks steadily increased under Obama, they’ve hit distant targets inside Israeli cities.
A smaller escalation occurred last summer after Obama defied Congress and unfroze $147 million in aid to the Palestinians. Some 600,000 Gazans now receive nearly $100 million worth of USAID assistance (even though they voted into power a U.S.-designated terror group).
So? Israeli intelligence figures that as much as 45% of U.S. and other foreign aid to Gaza and the West Bank is diverted to fund terrorism and buy rockets, mainly from Iran.
The undeniable truth is, Hamas has escalated its war on Israel as this administration has increased aid and diplomatic ties to Gaza, while snubbing Israel at almost every turn.
And in a shocking switch from longstanding U.S. policy, it formally embraced Hamas’ Egyptian parent, the Muslim Brotherhood.
SideBear: Let’s see if I got this right about U.S. foreign policy.
1. We give money and aid to terrorist groups to buy missiles to shell our friends.
2. We give money to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the father group of bin laden’s Al Qaeda and Hamas.
3. Obama condemns Israel actions.
Sure makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?