Former U.S. Official: Israel Held To Standard No Other Country Has Ever Been Held To; Hamas Doesn’t Want Ceasefire
US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's foreign policy advisor Dan Senor leaves a hotel after spending his day with Romney in debate preparation, in Burlington, Massaschusetts, October 15, 2012. Romney and US President Barack Obama will hold their second presidential debate on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.
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Former U.S. official Dan Senor said during an interview late last week that he believes that the Hamas terrorist organization is not serious about trying to negotiate a ceasefire agreement and that they want to prolong the fighting for as long as possible.

Senor made the remarks during an interview with Margaret Hoover on PBS’s “Firing Line” while talking about Israel and U.S. foreign policy.

He said that he naively thought that because the October 7 attacks were so barbaric that Israel would finally have the world’s support in the aftermath.

“I did not think within a matter of days the outrage of the world would be directed at Jews for objecting to being massacred,” he said.

He said that anti-Semitism “at the end of the day, if I had to boil it down, it is holding the Jewish people to a standard that you hold nobody else. That is anti-Semitism. That is discrimination. It is questioning the legitimacy of the Jewish state, the sole Jewish state in the world. And so against that backdrop, in a sense, it’s not surprising that everything the Jewish state does is wrong, if that’s your frame. And when you say, ‘everyone else can do X, Y, and Z, but the Jewish state can’t,’ that is a form of discrimination and that is anti-Semitism.’ And that is what we’re watching now.”

“Israel is being held to a standard that no other country or no other people in the world have ever been held to,” he added. “This is the most scrutinized war that I have ever seen. ”

He said that the notion that Hamas seriously wanted a ceasefire agreement was nonsense because Hamas believes that it is winning.

“I do not believe Hamas is serious about a real negotiation,” he said. “The reason I do not believe Hamas is serious about a real negotiation is because they think they are winning. And the reason they think they are winning is because over the last few months pressure has been mounting on Israel, not on Hamas.”

“The idea that Hamas would negotiate a ceasefire that negotiates them out of existence is preposterous,” he continued. “They’re not going to do that, especially if they think time is on their side. A deal that ensures that they aren’t around anymore is a loss that I don’t think they’re going to sign up for.”


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