Israel continues to wage war in Gaza believing it can no longer count on America's help to curb the military threat from Palestinian terrorists, a Mideast observer told Newsmax TV
"I think the Israelis see the writing on the wall — that they're on their own in this conflict and that the United States has essentially switched sides," Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.
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Israeli leaders are resisting U.S. pressure for an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire
in Gaza because they fear President Barack Obama wants hostilities to end on terms that are favorable to the militant group Hamas, said Spencer, author of "The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam."
And they're right to be worried, said Spencer, citing a ceasefire proposal from Secretary of State John Kerry
that Israel quickly rejected and which other observers have criticized.
Spencer said the Kerry deal would have required Israel "to accept a ceasefire that would grant Hamas all of its demands: access to a seaport; the opening up of the border crossings, which would make it very easy for them to get weapons; and the opening up of funding channels with Qatar.
"All these things in return for absolutely nothing on the Israelis' side," said Spencer.
Supporters of Israel are left to conclude that "Obama and Kerry seem to be absolutely, 100 percent on the side of the Palestinian Authority," said Spencer, referring to the government based in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The Palestinian Authority formed a unity government with Hamas, which runs Gaza, in June. But Spencer said the Authority is either unwilling or unable stop its new political partner — which doesn't recognize Israel's right to exist — from firing rockets at Israeli cities.
Spencer said Obama has been solicitous toward organized Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East, including Hamas, on the mistaken theory that they can be appeased.
"They don't think, 'Oh, we need to show goodwill to him,' " Spencer said of Hamas and other militant groups. "Instead, they think he is weak and to be taken advantage of, and thus that explains their aggression and their hostility toward Obama despite the fact that he's been so completely pliable and willing to grant their desires."
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