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Hamas: Obama will fail in forcing us to recognize Israel

Gaza-rulers say Obama's AIPAC speech shows U.S. government 'supports the occupation at expense of the freedom of Palestinians.'


By Jack Khoury and Haaretz Service

May 22, 2011 | 2:32 pm

Hamas condemned U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech to AIPAC on Sunday, saying it will not recognize Israel despite U.S. demands.

In his second Mideast speech, Obama reaffirmed U.S. support for Israel and called on the Gaza-rulers to recognize Israel’s right to exist, as well as free abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit. He also condemned the recent Fatah-Hamas reconciliation agreement.

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri was quoted by Ma’an news agency as saying that Obama’s speech showed the U.S. government will continue “to support the occupation at the expense of the freedom of the Palestinian people.”

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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