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Hamas says asked by US to keep silent on talks
Islamist group source says senior American officials request contacts remain secret 'so as not to rouse Jewish lobby'
Published: 06.25.10, 19:04 / Israel News
A senior Hamas figure said Friday that official and unofficial US sources have asked the Islamist group to refrain from making any statements regarding contacts with Washington, this following reports that a senior American official is due to arrive in an Arab country in the coming days to relay a telegram from the Obama Administration.
The Hamas figure told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the Americans fear discussing the talks publicly would “rouse the Jewish lobby and other pressure groups in the US and cause them to pressure the administration to suspend all talks with Hamas.”
The Hamas figure, who is close to Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the government in Gaza, added, “This is a sensitive subject. The Americans don’t want anyone to comment on it because this would catch the attention of pressure groups (in the US) and cause problems.”
He said Hamas’ exiled leadership in Damascus is overseeing the contacts behind closed doors.
Obama in bed with terrorist group Hamas?
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Hamas supporterA conservative leader and former presidential candidate is deeply concerned about a published report that advisors to Barack Obama held a secret meeting with a leading member of the terrorist group Hamas during the last few weeks of the election campaign.
Ahmed Yousef, the senior political advisor to Hamas's "prime minister," told a London-based newspaper that the meeting took place in Gaza between himself and a small number of Obama's policy advisors. Yousef reportedly was told by the emissaries that he should not say anything about the meetings, lest it give support to Obama's Republican rival John McCain.
the US making a commitment to help the people of North Vietnam during the Vietnam War or North Korea during the Korean War by pouring in money and goods unconditionally, saying this would help lead to a moderate unified state.