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Hamas official meets with Russia’s foreign minister

February 8, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

MOSCOW (Press Release)–Khaled Meshaal, the exiled political leader of Islamist group Hamas, has met for talks with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow. “We met to pursue our discussions, and our principal goal is to build on efforts brokered by Egypt to secure Palestinian unity,” Lavrov told reporters at the start of the meeting.  Meshaal, praised Russia for seeking a “reconciliation” between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and the Fatah of Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas.

In an interview with the Russian newspaper ‘Vremya Novostei’, Meshaal accused the United States of attempting to sabotage reconciliation efforts.

“We know that the US special envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell, has recently put pressure on Mahmud Abbas and Egyptian officials,” he was quoted as saying, adding that if “Abbas reconciles with us than the United States will halt aid to the Palestinian administration.”

Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union, but Russia has maintained ties with it in recent years.

Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress

  1. February 16, 2010 at 12:24 am

    Interesting comparison, Ms. Goldstein: Hamas and CUFI. Again, cognitive dissonance in action. Hamas is a terrorist and genocidal group that kills people (including several hundred Palestinians, such as the Fatah members they threw alive from rooftops when they staged a coup a couple of years ago). They have never amended their charter, which calls for the elimination of Israel (in and of itself a violation of the Genocide Convention for which they should be arrested and tried), and systematically used their own civilians as human shields as well as firing rockets into civilian areas, both of which are clearly defined as war crimes by the International Criminal Court and International Humanitarian Law. As if that was not enough to endear themselves to the professional Israel haters like Goldstein, they are the ones responsible for the complete failure of the so-called reconciliation talks with Fatah. Let’s be serious: they are in no way interested to make peace with Fatah, even for the common Palestinian cause. They are fanatical fundamentalist Jihadists who want to eliminate anyone standing in their way to eliminate Israel and restore the Caliphate. Is CUFI as bad? Oh yes, they’re guilty of collecting and giving millions of dollars to Israel! How profoundly ludicrous to compare a genocidal group with one that doesn’t kill anyone! Goldstein seems to have lost all sense of proportion.

  2. carol ann goldstein
    February 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    The Palestinian people need one government – if they want a government made up of Hamas and Fatah then that is their choice; until they have one united governing group they will not be able to make much progress for a real 2 state solution. We may have problems with Hamas, but I have problems with the right wing groups in the USA especially the right wing Christian group – CUFI (Christians United for Israel) that funds the extremist settler and ultra Orthodox groups in Israel.

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