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20. You are wrong.
Tue Nov 21, 2023, 05:01 PM
Nov 2023

For years, the various governments led by Benjamin Netanyahu took an approach that divided power between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank — bringing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to his knees while making moves that propped up the Hamas terror group.

The idea was to prevent Abbas — or anyone else in the Palestinian Authority’s West Bank government — from advancing toward the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Keep Hamas alive and kicking'


This symbiotic relationship between Netanyahu and Hamas has been remarked on for years, by both friends and enemies, hawks and doves.
Yuval Diskin, former head of Israel's Shin Bet security service, told the daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth in 2013 that "if we look at it over the years, one of the main people contributing to Hamas's strengthening has been Bibi Netanyahu, since his first term as prime minister."

In August 2019,former prime minister Ehud Barak told Israeli Army Radio that Netanyahu's "strategy is to keep Hamas alive and kicking … even at the price of abandoning the citizens [of the south] … in order to weaken the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah."
The logic underlying this strategy, Barak said, is that "it's easier with Hamas to explain to Israelis that there is no one to sit with and no one to talk to."
March 12, 2019 Netanyahu defended the Hamas payments to his Likud Party caucus on the grounds that they weakened the pro-Oslo Palestinian Authority, according to the Jerusalem Post:
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Israel's regular allowing of Qatari funds to be transferred into Gaza, saying it is part of a broader strategy to keep Hamas and the Palestinian Authority separate, a source in Monday's Likud faction meeting said," the Post reported.

"The prime minister also said that 'whoever is against a Palestinian state should be for' transferring the funds to Gaza, because maintaining a separation between the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza helps prevent the establishment of a Palestinine state.
Netanyahu insisted that neither the money nor the construction material given to Hamas would be diverted to military purposes. But today, the IDF finds itself showing how Hamas has done exactly that — by diverting and converting civilian funds and materials to warlike purposes.

The military tried to warn him at the time, former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot told the Ma'ariv newspaper. He said Netanyahu acted "in total opposition to the national assessment of the National Security Council, which determined that there was a need to disconnect from the Palestinians and establish two states."

It is well know that at least up till 2021 he was still supporting Hamas.
I'm calling for peace throughout the world FBaggins Nov 2023 #1
The alternative isn't working so hot gratuitous Nov 2023 #2
So glad to see him adding his name. Nanjeanne Nov 2023 #3
Great news! RainWalker Nov 2023 #4
Yes ! More must do this. Thank you Senator Merkley. Autumn Nov 2023 #5
This message was self-deleted by its author Autumn Nov 2023 #6
Good to see! Basic LA Nov 2023 #7
The thing is that there was already a ceasefire in place when totodeinhere Nov 2023 #8
Yeah and if Israel keeps bombing more innocents including the hostages will die. It has to fucking stop Autumn Nov 2023 #9
If Israel stops bombing then Hamas will regroup and rearm and totodeinhere Nov 2023 #14
Not going to stop it's been going on all my lifetime. Nuttyahoo should stop keeping Hamas in power. Autumn Nov 2023 #16
Bibi is not keeping Hamas in power now. Iran is. totodeinhere Nov 2023 #17
He kept Hamas in power a lot more than the early years. Try more like he was still supporting Hamas in 2021. Autumn Nov 2023 #18
You have your facts wrong. totodeinhere Nov 2023 #19
You are wrong. Autumn Nov 2023 #20
What you quoted are opinion pieces totodeinhere Nov 2023 #21
If Israel stops bombing then Hamas will regroup and rearm and totodeinhere Nov 2023 #15
The bombing campaign appears to have slowed. maxsolomon Nov 2023 #10
Now time to stop military aid. David__77 Nov 2023 #11
Must be real easy to say when you don't have ISIS living in the next state over. GuppyGal Nov 2023 #12
Very important paragraph BlueCheeseAgain Nov 2023 #13
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