ABERNETHY: What about aid to Hamas or the people in the Palestinian territories? What do you make of that?
Mr. HOOPER: Well, I think we need not to be seen as sabotaging a democratic election that was overwhelmingly in favor of a certain party. And I think we need to give any new government the opportunity to provide basic services to end corruption and to fulfill the national aspirations of the Palestinian people.
ABERNETHY: But isn’t it against American law to give any foreign aid to a terrorist organization?
Mr. HOOPER: Yeah. It seems that it may be against the law to do that. But there are other avenues, through NGOs and other ways, to accomplish the goal. But right now we’re going around the world saying strangle the new government. And I don’t think that’s the message we want to send.
So you are in support of the Hamas movement, which has celebrated its murders of Israeli civilians, Mr. Hooper? Is that the message you want to send?