US President George W. Bush is trying to set Palestinians against each other with his call to move against terror groups, Hamas charged Thursday, after Bush met Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Washington.
Bush praised Abbas for making progress toward an orderly Palestinian state, but he warned, "The way forward is confronting the threat armed gangs present to creation of a democratic Palestine."
Israelis noted that Bush did not call publicly for Hamas to be excluded from Palestinian parliamentary elections, set for January, but Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was furious with the US leader's call for a crackdown on terrorists.
"We consider this as serious American interference in our internal affairs aimed to create an internal conflict," he said.
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