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March 8, 2013 4:53 pm

Hamas’ Haniyeh Says Obama Visit a “Trap”

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Fatah and Hamas appear to have more that unites them than divides them. Photo: Suhaib Salem-Pool.

Israel’s leaders may be projecting delight about U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to the country in less than two weeks, but Hamas’s leadership is less thrilled, and it’s voicing its displeasure.

During weekly Muslim prayers in the Gaza Strip’s Al-Omari mosque, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh charged that Obama’s visit was meant as a trap to undermine the Palestinian reconciliation process.

“We are convinced that Obama’s visit will not produce the necessary breakthrough for our people,” he was quoted by Agence France Presse as saying.

Haniyeh also urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to not fall prey to Obama during their visit, which is scheduled to take place while Obama is in the region, saying he should “not fall into the trap of Obama’s visit to the region and shut the door to reconciliation.”

Obama’s visit “will focus on regional developments and will only address our cause in a way to undermine Palestinian national reconciliation efforts and to relaunch the absurd so-called negotiations” with Israel, Haniyeh said.

On Thursday Obama met with American Jewish community leaders at the White House and said there would be no big Middle East peace initiative on the table during his trip to Israel.

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  • Kris Kristian

    I wonder what BIG PEACE INITIATIVE we be on the table?
    To try to destroy Israel?
    I do not trust Obama further tan I could spit.

    • Adam

      Perhaps Obama will discuss fall-back ‘borders’ and staged withdrawals…which could then open the door to Netanyahu suggesting that Obama, in his second and final term as president, begin a staged withdrawal from US Occupied Continental America, until back to the territory of the Original 13 Colonies, after which Final Status talks could begin on whether THAT USA should or should not continue as a Sovereign State.

      That makes as much sense as any so-called ‘peace plan’ to do with the Arabs, don’t you think?

    • mark a. shaw

      I don’t trust ANY Christian period.

      • Enigmaticpro

        Obama is certainly NOT a Christian in any shape or form… and should never be misrepresented as such.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Hamas continues to make the US its enemy for the purpose of derailing any peace process. Hashem yisborach created Hamas for the purpose of preventing an Arab State from being created in Palestine. There has never been a sovereign Arab State in Palestine, and Palestine was always ‘under the rulership’ of more expansive empires and nations. A sovereign state in Palestine would constitute a chillul Hashem because at this point it could only come “through our hands.” The idiots who promote such a State whether they be frum or secular Yiddin do not realize that such an even could lead to another Holocaust so great would be the chillul Hashem. Can’t they read the handwriting on the wall by what happened after we gave up Gaza? All the right wing pundits were proved correct. Now we have to defend ourselves against inane international investigations in reference to “who killed a particular Arab child.” As Gershon Jacobson z’l would have said “MESHUGAS!”