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JERUSALEM – In an exclusive interview tonight, a senior Hamas official heaped praise on Sen. Joe Biden, calling him a "very nice" person and a "great man" whose record "speaks volumes" and who can be counted on by the terror group to engage in the "right policy" toward the Middle East.
Commenting on a report yesterday that Hamas claimed it received a diplomatic message from U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice thanking the terror group for its efforts in maintaining a cease fire in the Gaza Strip, Yousef told Klein and Batchelor that both Democrats and Republicans recently reached out to his terror group.
"To be honest with you, yes there are also people from the Republicans, from the Bush administration, who contacted us and who behind the scenes they did some contact and some discussion with Hamas. It is not just members of the Democratic Party or figures from the Democratic Party," Yousef said.
"It is also the Republicans also who sent a delegation to meet with Hamas in the West Bank and also in Gaza," added Yousef.
We like Mr. Obama, and we hope that he will win the election," Yousef told WND.
"I hope Mr. Obama and the Democrats will change the political discourse. ... I do believe [Obama] is like John Kennedy, a great man with a great principal. And he has a vision to change America to make it in a position to lead the world community, but not with humiliation and arrogance," Yousef said, speaking from Gaza.
Sen. John McCain repeatedly used Yousef's remarks to criticize Obama's foreign policy.
Obama has condemned Hamas as a terror group that should be isolated until it recognizes Israel. He claimed McCain was using the Hamas comments as a "smear."
Biden too has condemned Hamas. He has called himself "Zionist" and has been honored by several pro-Israel organizations.