At a news conference with Morocco’s foreign minister, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made some opening remarks. After words of support for Japan, she said she was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the terror attack. She repeated the president’s comments that “terrorism and targeting civilians are never justified.” And unlike the president, she said the U.S. “strongly condemn[s] the recent rocket attacks” from Gaza. But then she too hopped on the equivalency bandwagon. She expressed “sincere condolences” for the Gazans killed when the Israeli military responded to the attacks on Israel and urged “all concerned” to limit violence.
And then, in a connection that would warm the hearts of the J Streeters who were among the first to drag a two-state solution into the equation before the bodies are cold. (The faux, pro-Israel groups put out a statement that read, in part: “We support the State of Israel in taking the steps necessary to respond to today’s attacks, to protect all its citizens, and to bring those who perpetrated today’s attack to justice.We are in Jerusalem today, a mile from the bombing, for a debate in Israel’s Knesset, at which we reiterated that the security of Israel depends on ending the conflict with the Palestinian people through a two-state solution.”) Clinton explained that these sorts of incidents just erode the faith needed to broker a two-state solution.
Actually the incident and the silence from Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas on the incident tell us all we need to know. The Palestinians are not able to make and enforce a peace deal. It is noteworthy, however, that Abbas’s Fatah did find time to accuse Israel of genocide today:
Fatah, the faction of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, issued a statement Wednesday accusing Israel of genocide and calling on the world to intervene. Spokesman Ahmad Assaf called on the world to stop Israeli strikes in Gaza.
Israel fired on Gaza terrorists on Tuesday as terrorists launched rockets at civilian population centers in southern Israel. One strike hit a terrorist cell, killing four, while a second strike killed five people, three of whom were civilians, according to Hamas. Israeli leaders later expressed regret for civilian deaths.
As yet, the Obama administration has not condemned that utterance.