Obama administration demanded explanation for Israel's Fatah killings

← return to Water Cooler

President Obama won’t call the Iranian government illegitimate, but he will make demands of a democracy at the behest of a group that openly sponsors terrorist activities. That’s the change we need.

On Saturday the U.S. administration requested “clarification” of the Israel Defense Force’s Friday killing of three convicted terrorists who murdered a rabbi in the West Bank last week — a diplomatic slap.

And for what? Soldiers shot at and killed Fatah members Ghassan Abu Sharkh, 39, Anan Suleiman Mustafa Subih, 36, and Nader Raed Sukarji, 40, outside a Nablus home after all refused to surrender. All three of the men had spent time in Israeli prisons. A ballistic test of guns inside the house confirmed one of the weapons had been used to murder Meir Avshalom Hai, a 45-year-old father of seven, last Thursday.

But it is the United States, not Israel, that ought to be explaining. Subih had been part of an amnesty agreement, much favored and pushed by the American government, with Israel in which Fatah gunmen agreed to cease violence in exchange for Israel’s promise not to hunt them down. And the American-funded and -trained Palestinian security forces, under the command of Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, have been useless in bringing down or even denting the Fatah terror network in the West Bank.

The call for explanation, when the answer was obviously self-defense, came the same day Palestinian Authority officials complained to the Obama administration about the killings. An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the strikes “a grave Israeli escalation [that] shows Israel is not interested in peace and is trying to explode the situation.” One wonders about his vision of “peace.”

← return to Water Cooler

About the Author

Anath Hartmann

In Opinion

Latest Stories

Latest Blog Entries

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like
  • Maureen McDonnell looks on as her husband, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, made a statement on Tuesday after the couple was indicted on corruption charges. (associated press)

    PRUDEN: Where have the big-time grifters gone?

  • This photo taken Jan. 9, 2014,  shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gesturing as he answers a question during a news conference  at the Statehouse in Trenton.  Christie will propose extending the public school calendar and lengthening the school day in a speech he hopes will help him rebound from an apparent political payback scheme orchestrated by key aides. The early front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination will make a case Tuesday Jan. 14, 2014, that children who spend more time in school graduate better prepared academically, according to excerpts of his State of the State address obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    BRUCE: Bombastic arrogance or humble determination? Chris Christie’s choice

  • ** FILE ** Secretary of State Hillary Rodham testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    PRUDEN: The question to haunt the West

  • Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    LAMBRO: Skirting the lane-closure issue

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    LYONS: Benghazi demands a select committee in Congress

  • Happening Now