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    Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    The incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bush's doctrine of isolating Hamas by establishing a channel to the Islamist organisation, sources close to the transition team say.

    The move to open contacts with Hamas, which could be initiated through the US intelligence services, would represent a definitive break with the Bush presidency's ostracising of the group. The state department has designated Hamas a terrorist organisation, and in 2006 Congress passed a law banning US financial aid to the group.

    The Guardian has spoken to three people with knowledge of the discussions in the Obama camp. There is no talk of Obama approving direct diplomatic negotiations with Hamas early on, but he is being urged by advisers to initiate low-level or clandestine approaches, and there is growing recognition in Washington that the policy of ostracising Hamas is counter-productive. A tested course would be to start contacts through Hamas and the US intelligence services, similar to the secret process through which the US engaged with the PLO in the 1970s. Israel did not become aware of the contacts until much later.
    Barack Obama administration 'prepared to talk to Hamas' | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Yeah, look at that, Obama wanting to reverse the decision to isolate Hamas. Just freaking brilliant. I'm sure the Israelis just feel all kinds of safe with this genius coming to the WH. He starts this crap up and the first notion they have Iran is gonna get a Bomb out they'll attack, cause were I them, I sure as **** wouldn't put my trust in Obama.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    It's a good thing they're not you then.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Oh noes! Not diplomacy!

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Barack Obama administration 'prepared to talk to Hamas' | World news | guardian.co.uk

    Yeah, look at that, Obama wanting to reverse the decision to isolate Hamas. Just freaking brilliant. I'm sure the Israelis just feel all kinds of safe with this genius coming to the WH. He starts this crap up and the first notion they have Iran is gonna get a Bomb out they'll attack, cause were I them, I sure as **** wouldn't put my trust in Obama.
    I think it's a wise decision.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    The "I don't like you so I'm going to call you bad names and not going to talk to you" foreign policy of the Bush administration didn't produce great results.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Quote Originally Posted by Orius View Post
    It's a good thing they're not you then.
    Yeah, cause Hamas would keep being isolated. They really don't care about our notions of peace, they care about destroying Israel.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Quote Originally Posted by Iriemon View Post
    The "I don't like you so I'm going to call you bad names and not going to talk to you" foreign policy of the Bush administration didn't produce great results.
    And the hug Arafat Clinton approach worked?

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    And the hug Arafat Clinton approach worked?
    Got a peace agreement between Israel and Jordon in 1993. What's Bush accomplished. Other than starting the wrong war by mistake, I mean.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Yeah, cause Hamas would keep being isolated. They really don't care about our notions of peace, they care about destroying Israel.
    Whether or not that's true, you always continue to exercise diplomacy in war situations. Even as soldiers die, its the duty of government to exercise all options in order to mitigate further conflict. If it proves useless, then ok, but as a nation that has given itself the responsibility to set an example for the developing world, Obama is taking a correct approach.

    The days of cowboy diplomacy are over.

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    Re: Obama camp 'prepared to talk to Hamas'

    Obama shouldn't even get involved, let Hamas and Israel kill each other.
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