An Egyptian university professor picked up an interesting point about Obama’s speech that I missed: an American president has now described Hamas in positive terms, without referring to it as a criminal terrorist organization. Quite a milestone, even for an administration noted for its dubious milestones.
According to ANSAmed:
Egyptian Prof Says Obama Did Not Criminalise Hamas
CAIRO, JUNE 4 — For the first time ever, today, a US president omitted to criminalise Hamas when speaking of the movement, but saw it as a possible contributory element to a solution of the Middle East crisis.
The fact has been pointed out by a former lecturer in Islamic Art and Architecture at Ain Shams University, Shahira Mehrez, who notes the phrase: “Hamas has the support of a part of the Palestinians, but it also bears responsibility. In order to have a role in attaining the aspirations of the Palestinians and to unify the Palestinian people, Hamas has to put a stop to violence, recognise past accords and recognise Israel’s right to exist” from Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo this morning.
“These are positive tones,” Mehrez notes ‘which have certainly up to now never come from one in high authority. It is a new approach, an intelligent speech, although not without ambiguities”.
Hat tip: Insubria.