Hamas, Fatah Unhappy with Obama

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GAZA STRIP - Both Palestinian factions - Hamas and Fatah - expressed disappointment with statements by U.S. President Barack Obama following Monday's meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

"Obama's statements and messages of hope are meant to mislead global public opinion regarding the continued existence and conduct of the racist and extremist Zionist entity," Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said on Tuesday.

While Hamas is not in favor of Israel's continued existence, they're continuing Egyptian-mediated negotiations with Fatah to reestablish a unity government.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the unity coalition following the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip in June 2007.

Barhoum said Hamas hasn't seen any concrete policy changes by the Obama administration.

"What we have seen is a continued development of the Zionist-American relationship at the expense of our people and our rights," Barhoum said.

"Therefore, the stance of the American president does not bode a better future for our people," he said.

Meanwhile, Fatah officials expressed their disappointment with the meeting.

"Netanyahu has replaced the demand to recognize Israel as a Jewish state with his demagogic slogan of 'give and receive," one senior PA official said.

"The Israeli government and its head are not interested in the peace process," he said.

"They are interested in eternal negotiations and if the American administration truly does mean what it says about the establishment of a Palestinian state being an American interest, they must push the Israeli prime minister to prevent him from destroying the peace process," he said.

Meanwhile, Barhoum said Abbas should not renew negotiations with "the Zionist enemy."

"Any return to the negotiating table presents a grave danger to the Palestinian people and its interests and could enable the racist Jewish state to continue hurting our people," he said.

Source: YNet news

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