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In a Letter, a Leader of Hamas Makes an Appeal to Obama

Posted by gaetanoditommaso su 21 febbraio, 2009

JERUSALEM — A Hamas leader has asked President Obama to engage with his militant movement, rather than marginalize, it in a letter that was passed through United Nations officials in Gaza to Senator John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, during a visit there on Thursday.

Mr. Kerry said Friday that he did not know the letter’s contents and had given it to the American Consulate in Jerusalem so it would be sent to the White House. But the letter’s author, Ahmed Yousef, the Hamas deputy foreign minister, said by telephone that it was a two-page document urging the new administration to make a change from the Bush administration.

“There can be no peace without Hamas,” Mr. Yousef said he had written. “We congratulated Mr. Obama on his presidency and reminded him that he should live up to his promise to bring real change to the region. The Palestinian issue is the key to resolving all the problems in the area. We also said that Mr. Kerry’s visit to Gaza showed that the new administration has a clarity of vision and is not controlled by Israeli propaganda.”

The United States, like the European Union and Israel, considers Hamas a terrorist organization and has no official contacts with it. Mr. Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had visited to see for himself the devastation in Gaza following Israel’s offensive there and that his trip did not represent a change in policy toward Hamas.

Still, it was the first time a senior American official had gone to Gaza in several years. Former Senator George J. Mitchell, the new American special envoy to the Middle East, has expressed support for reconciliation between Hamas and the Fatah movement of the Palestinian Authority, and the visit could signal the start of a re-evaluation of American policy toward the Palestinian question.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/21/world/middleeast/21gaza.html?ref=middleeast

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