The country now is divided between two camps and no other, Egyptians versus the Muslim Brotherhood, anyone who says anything differently doesn't know what they're talking about." (@Cyn Farah)It is clear which camp the Obama administration is in. Look at the following graphic and consider how Muhamed Morsi might think that the time has come to install an Islamic dictatorship.
Picured: Hillary Clinton (United States), Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel), Mohamed Morsi (Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt), Mahmud Abbas (Hamas).
OK, it is more a green suit than a green light.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton went on the diplomatic mission to Egypt and Israel wearing Hamas green. Her goal was presented as negotiating a cease fire between Hamas and Israel. She had several high level diplomatic meetings wearing the green garb.
Either Secretary Clinton had just won the Masters, or a message was sent about the Obama administration's loyalties. Progressives will say that the outfit choice was an unfortunate oversight, but that is ridiculous.
The high level diplomatic meetings were not public enough. Secretary Clinton also joined a press conference with Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr. Egyptian State Television aired the joint news conference.
Fox news reports that the joint press conference was a political show:
In fact, Hamas spokesmen had leaked to the press that the cease-fire would begin at 9 p.m. local time on Tuesday, but that was before Clinton had landed in Jerusalem. It would take another 24 hours for the deal to be finalized. In the meantime, just hours before the cease-fire was formally announced, a Palestinian placed a bomb on a Tel Aviv bus, injuring more than 24 Israelis. It was the first terror attack in Tel Aviv since 2006. Hamas praised the bombing, but did not take responsibility. Israel did not respond, a break from its usual belief that a strong response to terrorism provides deterrence.Further the cease fire allowed Hamas to gain ground politically and in military morale.
Israel underestimated Hamas and "fell into a trap," claimed a leading Hamas hard-liner in Gaza, Mahmoud Zahar.MANPADS being used in Hamas' "improved arsenal" link back to American and British weapons taken from Benghazi, Libya.
Other Hamas leaders bragged that their improved arsenal, including longer-range rockets and anti-tank missiles smuggled from Iran via tunnels under the Gaza-Egypt border, helped deter Israel's military.
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