Hamas: Obama's remarks deceptive

Group: President just wants to continue existence of Zionist entity; says talks for Schalit have a limit.

May 19, 2009 11:25
Hamas: Obama's remarks deceptive

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Hamas reacted with pessimism on Tuesday to the meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, saying that while the comments made by the two leaders professed hope, they were really just meant to deceive the world. "Obama's remarks and expressions of hope were intended to deceive the international community regarding everything connected to the continuing behavior and existence of the racist and radical Zionist entity," a spokesperson for the group said in a statement published early Tuesday morning. The spokesperson added that Obama's remarks were nothing but an "ensemble of wishes" on which the group hangs little hope. Hours earlier, the Hamas military wing made a statement regarding the status of negotiations for the release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit, in which the group threatened to cease all contact with Israel over the matter. "There is a limited time-frame [on the negotiations] which we haven't yet specified," Abu Obeida, a spokesperson for the military wing said. "After we exceed this time, we will consider the matter and decide what to do in keeping with the interests of the Palestinian people."

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