The UN really, really wants to reward Hamas aggression
Robert Serry, the UN envoy to the Middle East, proves yet again what a complete waste of space the UN is. In this case, he is doing everything he can to pretend that Hamas is a moderate, peace-loving group:
The United Nations envoy to the Middle East acknowledged in an interview with McClatchy Sunday that he has maintained quiet contacts with the Islamist group Hamas for "years,” despite the international community’s official policy to isolate the group.
Robert Serry described his office’s contacts with Hamas, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, as "quiet engagements”...
"Because we are on the ground we have our informal contacts with Hamas. How could we not?” he said. "We also have our quiet engagements with Hamas to work for a calm. In the last years I have been working to pass on messages to Hamas.”
Officially, the international community has no direct contact with Hamas. The U.N., the United States and other Western governments formally renounced any dialogue with Hamas after the Islamist group, which has never acknowledged Israel’s right to exist, won Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006.
In a statement that year, then-U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that the international community would only accept Hamas if it showed, "a commitment to the principles of non-violence, recognition of Israel and the acceptance of previous agreements and obligations."
Everyone knows that Hamas rules Gaza and that some level of indirect communications must be maintained. Even Israel must communicate with Hamas. But Serry is obviously granting this interview in order to push the idea that the UN should publicly meet with Hamas, and that Hamas shoul dbe mainstreamed as a virtual state, effectively rewarding Hamas for firing over 1400 rockets into civilian areas of Israel.
Serry then goes off into fantasyland: (continue reading...)