by: Shirien D.
The first statement to come out of the meeting between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu last week was Obama’s condemnation of the deaths of four Israeli settlers in Hebron, who were shot by Palestinian snipers. Hamas’ military wing, Al-Qassam Brigades, claimed responsibility for the deadly shootings. But so did an unknown group, the Haq Brigades. The official Hamas political party insisted it played no role in the shootings and claimed that the shootings and the talks are not related.  Who is to blame and whether or not it has to do with the renewed peace talks remains unclear, although the Palestinian Authority has been cracking down on Hamas supporters in the West Bank and arresting Palestinians en masse for the crime.