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"Our people in Gaza are paying a toll for the huge error and political sin committed by the Arab Peace Initiative's follow-up committee against the Palestinian people," Ma'an news agency quoted senior Hamas member Fawzi Barhoum as saying.
"The committee has given the Israeli occupation the pretext and coverage they needed to attack our people and continue with settlement activities and displacement,” Barhoum added.
US President Barack Obama's pressure on Abbas to shift into direct talks "exposed the falsity of his policy and disappointed the Palestinian people,” Barhoum said, stressing that relying on the US administration to support Palestinian rights is a “waste of time.”
The Zionist power structure has been the leading force pushing US war plans and sanctions against Iran. They backed Bush’s invasion of Iraq. The ZPC secured US backing for Israel’s bloody attack on Lebanon weakening US puppet ruler Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. The ZPC authored and secured Congressional legislation blocking any contact with the Palestinian unity government. They successfully lined up US congressional support for Israel’s starvation blockade of Palestine over the last 20 months. The scope and depth of Zionist power over US Middle East policy goes far beyond influencing ‘public opinion’ – it penetrates key institutions, designs and enforces policy implementation and promotes wars, which benefit Israel.