Hamas Leader calls on US to recognize unity gov't

The militant Palestinian Hamas on Sunday called on the United States and the international community to deal positively and reasonably with a Palestinian national unity government. Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas deputy leader, accused Washington of "fully adopting Tel Aviv policies" and urged on the Bush administration "to take a reasonable stand and look positively" toward the new Palestinian government. Abu Marzouk, who lives in exile in Syria along with Hamas' political leader Khaled Mashaal, told reporters that the Palestinians are used to Washington's "negative" stand but the group must deal with the US administration "out of the fact that the US is the only superpower which has influence over Israel.