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Is the US Really Open Up to Hamas, Muslim
Brotherhood, Syria, and Iran?
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, March 23, 2015
The appointment of Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for
the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not considered a
sufficient indicator that there will be any radical change in U.S. strategy
despite the campaign launched against the U.S. by the Zionists due to its
openness to Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria and Iran.
March, President Barack Obama's administration appointed Robert Malley, the
former senior director of the National Security Council who dealt with the
Iraqi, Iranian, and Gulf issues, and a member of the delegation negotiating
the Iranian nuclear programme, as the Special White House Coordinator for
the Middle East, North Africa and Gulf region. Malley is scheduled to assume
his new position on 6 April, succeeding Philip Gordon.
Abington, former U.S. consul general in occupied Jerusalem, described the
lawyer specialised in "conflict resolution" as being an "American Jewish"
and that his appointment is a "positive development". He was also described
by U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice as "one of our country's most
respected experts on the Middle East, since February 2014 Rob has played a
critical role in forming our policy on Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf."
However, the Zionist Organisation of America (ZOA) opposed the appointment
of Malley for several reasons, stating that Malley is an "Israel-basher,
advocate of U.S. recognition of major, unreconstructed terrorist groups
Hamas and Hezbollah, and proponent of containment of Iran (i.e., not
preventing them from attaining nuclear weapons) and proponent of negotiating
with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad (i.e. not changing his regime)."
He also believes that working with the Muslim Brotherhood is "not a bad
idea" and called Israel's settlements located in the Palestinian territories
occupied in 1967 "colonies". He also called for abandoning the Road Map for
Peace approved by the international Quartet in 2003 and replacing it with a
comprehensive settlement plan to be imposed on the parties with the backing
of the international community, including Arab and Muslim states. He did so
before the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate in 2004. He also
continues to urge the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Fatah,
Palestinian Authority and Hamas “to unite".
Malley also called for
"involving" Hamas in the PLO's negotiations with the occupation, explaining
his statement by saying that the PLO must include Hamas because it has
become "antiquated, worn out, barely functioning, and is no longer
considered the Palestinian people's sole legitimate representative." He also
called for the resumption of negotiations between the Arabs and Israel "on
all levels on the basis of the Arab peace initiative."
The ZOA did
not fail to mention his father, Simon Malley who was born and worked in
Egypt as a journalist for Al-Goumhouria newspaper before moving with his
family to France and founding Afrique-Asie magazine. The ZOA said that Simon
Malley was "a virulently anti-Israel member of the Egyptian Communist Party,
a close confidante of Yasser Arafat, and an enthusiast for violent Third
World 'liberation' movements." As for his mother, Barbara Malley, she worked
with the United Nations delegation of the National Liberation Front (NLF),
the Algerian independence group.
Robert Malley was Barack Obama's
colleague at Harvard Law School and a Middle East affairs adviser for his
2008 campaign. However, Obama was forced to cast him aside due to the
Zionist campaign against both of them after Britain's the Times revealed
that Malley had been in contact with Hamas.
In his media interviews
Malley explained that the contacts were part of his work with the
International Crisis Group, saying: "My job with the International Crisis
Group is to meet with all sorts of savoury and unsavoury people and report
on what they say. I've never denied whom I meet with; that's what I do."
He added that he used to inform the State Department about his meetings
beforehand and briefs them afterward. During the same year, London's
Al-Hayat newspaper quoted deputy head of the political bureau of Hamas,
Ismail Haniyeh, and Hamas official Dr Ahmed Yousef as saying: "We were in
contact with a number of Obama's aides through the internet, and later met
with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any
statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign."
Before this, Malley, who was a member of the U.S. negotiating team in
the 2000 Arafat-Barak-Clinton summit at Camp David, was the target of an
Israeli-Zionist campaign because he held all three leaders responsible for
the failure of the summit, and not only the late Palestinian leader, who was
repeatedly accused by Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak and their team of negotiators
of causing the failure.
Morton A. Klein, president of the Zionist
Organisation of America, said: "How exactly does someone, who is dropped as
an adviser because he advocates recognition of, and meets with, the
genocidally-inclined terrorist organisation Hamas, now became a senior
adviser to the president, unless President Obama has all along agreed with
much of what Malley thinks and advocates?"
Due to the fact that the
appointment of Malley coincided with the crisis in relations between the
U.S. and Israel, caused by the recent speech made by Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu before the U.S. Congress behind Obama's back and without
his approval, analysts have begun to talk about "changes in the U.S. role in
the Middle East" in the context of the Israeli media outlets and its Zionist
and Jewish arms abroad.
They have also predicted that "there will be
no doubt that the U.S. policy will be focused exclusively on pressuring
Israel over the course of the last 22 months of Obama's term," as written by
Jonathan S. Tobin in America's Commentary magazine on 10 March.
During this time, Obama will be "free of electoral pressure" so the Obama
administration's treatment of the Palestinian issue is about to take on a
much more aggressive attitude over the next two years. This will allow Obama
to "invest the little political credit he has left in 'bringing world
peace'," as written by Alex Fishman in the Israeli daily the Yedioth
In Fishman's view, there are now two courses of work on
the White House's agenda. First, it can follow the path of the "European
Initiative" which proposes issuing a UN Security Council resolution for a
"lasting solution in the Middle East", while the second path involves
waiting for the results of the Israeli elections this week, as it is a
"renewal of the American peace initiative, which will have behind it a very
skilled, determined person, who isn't very fond of the current government:
The president's new man in the Middle East," Robert Malley.
clear that these courses of action, the appointment of Malley and his record
will undoubtedly breathe life into the PLO's negotiating team, especially
since President Abbas repeatedly says that going to the UN and international
organisations, as well as the latest PLO's Central Council recommendations,
do not necessarily mean that negotiations will be abandoned.
negotiations can also be considered new material used by the American camp
in the Arab League to justify its on-going pressure on the PLO to continue
to rely on the United States.
The appointment of Malley indicates
one conclusion: that the U.S. is heading towards a new initiative to resume
negotiations between the PLO and the Israeli occupying power without making
any changes to its references. If the PLO interacts and deals with the
"European initiative" then it is likely to deal and interact with any new
U.S. initiative, according to all indications in this regard.
this case, the PLO's recent diplomatic actions not related to the
negotiations and the United States has merely been "playing on borrowed
time" while waiting for the results of the Israeli elections.
However, these actions can still be built upon in order to completely depart
from the American vision for the "resolution of the conflict" in the event
that Netanyahu is re-elected as prime minister.
On the other hand,
Hamas should not be fooled by Robert Malley's positions towards the
movement, despite its importance, as it is an attempt to contain the
movement and drag it into "negotiations" between the PLO and Israel based on
the same references rejected and opposed by Hamas thus far.
Malley's performance in Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf, over the past year,
which was praised by Susan Rice, it has had catastrophic consequences on the
ground that speak for themselves. Malley's openness to Hamas, the Muslim
Brotherhood, Iran and Syria is nothing more than tactical dealings in order
to serve the unchanged U.S. strategy with forces that have proved their
Appointing Robert Malley as White House Coordinator for
the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region is not a sufficient
indicator of any radical change in the U.S. strategy that is on the verge of
tearing the Arab world apart, along with its Islamic surroundings, unless it
is deterred. This is true despite the Zionist campaign opposing his openness
towards Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria and Iran.
Nasser is a veteran Arab journalist based in Birzeit, West Bank of the
Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This article was translated from Arabic and first published by the “Middle
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