PA President Abbas with Hamas PM Haniyeh 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)
Palestinian reactions to US President Barack Obama’s State Department and AIPAC
speeches indicate that the president’s admirable goal of encouraging another
attempt at Israeli-Palestinian reconciliation has a very slim prospect of
success.As was expected, Obama’s demand that Hamas recognize Israel was
rejected outright. The terrorist organization’s spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, told
the Ma’an news agency that the US “will fail” in convincing Hamas “to recognize
occupation.” Meanwhile, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has
insisted on maintaining the unity deal with Hamas. Over the weekend Abbas’s
official spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudaineh, dismissed US and Israeli opposition to
the Egyptian-brokered reconciliation accord between Fatah and Hamas, saying this
was an internal Palestinian affair.
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