JOHN ‘al-Quds’ BRENNAN, a top adviser to President Obama is the contact person within the White House for communications with the Free Gaza Movement over plans to challenge Israel’s blockade of the terrorist Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, according to a reputable source close to the Netanyahu government.
The source, a career official whose reliability was established through his tips for the book,“Why Israel Can’t Wait,“ identified John O. Brennan, deputy national security adviser forhomeland security and counterterrorism, as the contact.
The allegation raises the possibility that the Free Gaza Movement’s flotilla action in the Mediterranean was being coordinated with the White House, something that would align with a shift in U.S. policy toward Israel being debated within the Obama administration.
Mike Hammer, a National Security Council spokesman, told WND flatly the report “is not true. His response was followed quickly by another denial, when WND asked if Hammer also rejected the claim Brennan was a key force within the White House pushing for a change in U.S. policy toward Israel in demanding an end to the blockade, as the WND source reported.
“John Brennan is quite busy in his job as the president’s counter PRO-terrorism and homeland INsecurity adviser, relentlessly working to keep the country safe,” (HAH!) Hammer said in a e-mail to WND. “The administration has others who are responsible for our Middle East policy. So, again, not true.”
However, Brennan’s activities in his “counterterrorism” work have involved him in situations with domestic groups known to have ties to Middle East terrorism.
WND previously has reported that Brennan participated in a meeting with Muslim law students, facilitated by the Islamic Society of North America, a group that was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a case where the founders of the Holy Land Foundation of Texas were given life sentences “for funneling $12 million” to Hamas, the group currently in political control of Gaza.
WND further reported that at a meeting with Muslim law students at New York University, Brennan declared himself a “citizen of the world” who believed the United States government should never engage in “profiling” in pursuit of national security.
The New York Times reported this week that the Obama administration’s policy toward Israel was changing in a re-evaluation that now considers Israel’s blockade of Gaza to be untenable. But Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu insisted in a special press conference in his office Thursday that “Israel will not apologize for defending itself,” which strongly suggested Israel fully intends to continue its blockade.
In a speech delivered Aug. 9, 2009, to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and archived on the White House website, Brennan commented that using “a legitimate term, ‘jihad,’ meaning to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal” to describe terrorists “risks reinforcing the idea that the United States is somehow at war with Islam itself.”
In reporting on Brennan’s speech to the CSIS, WND noted his specific advice regarding the Middle East, namely, that U.S. foreign policy should encourage greater assimilation of the Hezbollah terrorist organization into the Lebanese government. WND