A senior official from Hamas Monday slammed a speech by U.S. President George W. Bush which expressed support to President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).
The U.S. president delivered a speech on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the White House in Washington on Monday, voicing strong support for Abbas and his Fatah movement.
Ahmed Yousef, a Hamas official and the political advisor of sacked Prime Minister Ismail Haneya, slammed Bush's remarks, saying "Hamas has never expected any fair or positive position from the U.S. Administration."
"The U.S. Administration has a strategy that would never suddenly change, because it still considers Hamas movement as a terrorist organization," Yousef said. "Therefore we don't expect a U.S. positive stance towards the movement."
During the speech, Bush said Abbas and Salam Fayyad, "are striving to build the institutions of a modern democracy. But Hamas has demonstrated beyond all doubt that it is devoted to extremism and murder."
Bush announced a number of measures, including 190 million U.S. dollars in aid to the Palestinians during Monday's speech.
"This year, we will provide the Palestinians with more than 190million dollars in American assistance including funds for humanitarian relief in Gaza," Bush said in a televised speech at the White House.
In response, Yousef said, "Unfortunately, the United States is gambling on Abu Mazen (Abbas)."
"The United States believes that Abbas is ready to give Israel all what it wants. Abbas has a list of concessions to give to Israel, which wants to control not only the Palestinian territories, but all the Arab area," said Yousef.
Yousef stressed that his movement "would never make concessions to Israel or to the United States, including the question of the recognition of the Jewish state."
"All what Hamas wants is to end the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories without making any concession," said Yousef.
He expressed hope that a new American Administration "that would replace Bush administration after the coming elections in the United States, might positively change its position towards Hamas movement."
"The current Bush Administration together with Israel and some Arab regimes have been leading a conspiracy against Hamas movement," said Yousef.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 17 Temmuz 2007, 16:51