A SENIOR HAMAS figure said Friday that official and unofficial US sources have asked the Islamist group to refrain from making any statements regarding contacts with Washington, this following reports that a senior American official is due to arrive in an Arab country in the coming days to relay a telegram from the Obama Administration.
The Hamas figure told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the Americans fear discussing the talks publicly would “rouse pressure groups in the US and cause them to pressure the administration to suspend all talks with Hamas.”He said Hamas’ exiled leadership in Damascus is overseeing the contacts behind closed doors.
According to the report, the official said Washington has no choice but to work with Hamas due to its influence in the Arab and Islamic world.
In a public address delivered on Al-Aqsa TV by Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, the Damascus-based terror boss informed Arab viewers that U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama came to power in the United States due to Islamic jihad in the Middle East. Witnessing the combative efforts of Palestinians, Lebanese, Iraqis and Afghanis led Americans to vote for Obama in order to “protect their own interests.“
Mashaal also praised Obama for the U.S. president’s warming toward Hamas, an organization listed by the U.S. State Department as a terror organization. “We appreciate the new language used by Obama with regard to Hamas,” Mashaal said. “It is the first step in the right direction, toward direct dialogue with no preconditions.
Regardless of the Arab-friendly political climate, Mashaal assured viewers that violence will continue to be used to achieve Arab goals.
The “bare minimum” Hamas will accept, stated Mashaal, is full sovereignty in all of pre-1967 Israel – including Jerusalem – the destruction of all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and the admission of PA Arabs as citizens into the State of Israel. (If Obama thinks he can force Israel to accept anything even close to that, he might just have another war on his hands, with a former ally)