George W. Bush legger skylden på Hamas for volden i Gaza. Det er våpensmuglingen og rakettene mot Israel som er årsaken til det som skjer, sa Bush i sin årlige radiotale. Det kunne virke som om han benyttet friheten som hans snarlige avgang gir til å si sin oppriktige mening.
«This recent outburst of violence was instigated by Hamas — a Palestinian terrorist group supported by Iran and Syria that calls for Israel’s destruction,» Bush said. «Eighteen months ago, Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in a coup, and since then has imported thousands of guns and rockets and mortars. Egypt brokered a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel, but Hamas routinely violated that cease-fire by launching rockets into Israel.»
The president said Hamas ultimately ended the cease-fire altogether on Dec. 19 and «soon unleashed a barrage of rockets and mortars that deliberately targeted innocent Israelis — an act of terror that is opposed by the legitimate leader of the Palestinian people, President (Mahmoud) Abbas.»
«By spending its resources on rocket launchers instead of roads and schools, Hamas has demonstrated that it has no intention of serving the Palestinian people,» Bush said. «America has helped by providing tens of millions of dollars in humanitarian aid, and this week we contributed an additional $85 million through the United Nations. We have consistently called on all in the region to ensure that assistance reaches those in need.»
The White House has cautiously said Israel must be mindful of the toll its military strikes will have on civilians. Here, too, Bush blamed Hamas for hiding within the civilian population. «Regrettably, Palestinian civilians have been killed in recent days,» he said.
The United States is leading diplomatic efforts to achieve a meaningful cease-fire that is fully respected,» Bush said. «Another one-way cease-fire that leads to rocket attacks on Israel is not acceptable. And promises from Hamas will not suffice — there must be monitoring mechanisms in place to help ensure that smuggling of weapons to terrorist groups in Gaza comes to an end.»
Noen vil se dette som det endelige bevis på at Bush er fullstendig ensidig. Han kritiserte ikke Israel noen gang. Andre vil se at Bush ønsker å markere rett og galt og hva krigen mot terror handler om. Hamas er en terrororganisasjon som velger destruksjonens vei. Den må stanses, for den søker krig og konfrontasjon med alle midler.