OBAMA REGIME reverses time-honored U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists

Blatantly anti-Israel advisors who were kicked off the ‘Obama for President’ campaign didn’t really get fired, they just went undercover as agents for the Obama Regime to try to make deals with the terrorist group Hamas.

Former U.S. diplomats Thomas Pickering and Rob Malley have held a series of “track 2” meetings with Hamas, and one U.S. diplomat on Sabbatical engaged in a debate in Doha last month with a Hamas official that was sponsored by Al Jazeera, the Wall Street Journal reports:

In a meeting last summer in Zurich, Thomas Pickering, a former undersecretary of state and U.S. ambassador to Israel and Jordan, and Rob Malley, a top Mideast adviser to President Bill Clinton, met with Hamas’s foreign minister, Mahmud Zahar, and Mr.Hamdan, the movement’s top official in Lebanon. Recently retired European officials also were present. The meeting, detailed in minutes reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, was confirmed by Messrs. Pickering and Malley.

The meeting focused largely on practical issues, such as scenarios for how Hamas could meet the three Quartet conditions, according to the minutes—which participants said accurately reflected the meeting. Participants also focused on how to establish a mechanism to ease the Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip, an Obama priority.

“It was an effort to clarify what Washington’s policy is and understand what Hamas’s views are,” Mr. Malley said.

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley noted that the Pickering/Malley track involves private American individuals, and said as far as he knew, State hadn’t authorized the debate with the Hamas official on Al Jazeera but said they were still looking into it.

“There have been meetings with private individuals and Hamas officials,” State Department spokesman Crowley said Friday at the press briefing. “These are private meetings. They were not conveying any particular message from the United States. We were not aware of the meeting or the presentation in Doha by a Foreign Service officer on sabbatical to the Council on Foreign Relations. We are looking into that issue.”

“As far as I know, there was no permission granted for that encounter,” he continued. “That said, our policy hasn’t changed and our policy is not going to change. Our policy is rooted in the Quartet principles. And as the Secretary of State and others have said, anyone who embraces those principles can play a future role in the process.” POLITICO

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Secret Ties with Obama?

Ismail Haniyeh’s political advisor says Islamist group met with US president-elect’s aides in Strip following online correspondence; ‘they told us not to come out with any statements so as not to harm Obama’s campaign,’ Ahmad Yousuf says

Hamas is claiming close and ongoing ties with America’s upcoming Obama Administration, according to a report published Tuesday in the Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. The relationship was kept under wraps until after the U.S. elections so as not to harm Obama’s election prospects. The U.S. has classified Hamas a terrorist organization.

The London-based publication interviewed Gaza-based political chief Ahmad Yousuf, advisor to Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas regime in Gaza, which seized power in a bloody coup d’etat in 2007. Yousuf declared that Hamas has been in regular contact with President-elect Barack Obama’s advisers for months.

“We were in contact with a number of Obama’s aides through the internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza,” the Hamas official was quoted as saying, “but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as that may have had a negative effect on his election campaign and be used by Republican candidate John McCain.” ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS