Hamas: Obama's statements misleading
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Ynetnews
by Ali Waked - May 19, 2009 - 12:00am

Hamas announced that it was not encouraged by US President Barack Obama's statements in his meeting Monday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Obama's statements and messages of hope are meant to mislead global public opinion regarding the continued existence and conduct of the racist and extremist Zionist entity," said Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on Tuesday. Obama informed Netanyahu during their meeting that he intends to promote a new regional peace initiative for the Middle East.

Hamas's Double Statements
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Ali Ibrahim - (Analysis) May 13, 2009 - 12:00am

It has become almost a habit: When some politicians in the region give interviews to the Western media they say things thinking that they would not be reported elsewhere, as if the Western media in question were on another planet, and that they would not be quoted by the news agencies and the information media of the region. Then, when the interviewees feel that what they have said is different from what they say to their own public - usually a fiery, ardent discourse - they resort to clarifications, corrections and denials.

Hamas leader rejects two-state solution
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from United Press International (UPI)
May 9, 2009 - 12:00am

Hamas will accept no less than a fully sovereign Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital, the group's political leader in exile said Saturday. Khaled Meshal, who lives in Syria, called a two-state solution unacceptable because Hamas cannot envision living with Israel in peace and security. Meshal spoke Saturday at a news conference, following a gathering of several Palestinian factional leaders in exile, reported KUNA, the Kuwait news agency.

The Hamas 'Peace' Gambit
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from The Washington Post
by Charles Krauthammer - (Opinion) May 8, 2009 - 12:00am

"Apart from the time restriction (a truce that lapses after 10 years) and the refusal to accept Israel's existence, Mr. Meshal's terms approximate the Arab League peace plan . . ." -- Hamas peace plan, as explained by the New York Times "Apart from that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?" -- Tom Lehrer, satirist

Damascus Deporting Mishal is a Good Step
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed - (Opinion) May 7, 2009 - 12:00am

I ask readers not to judge this commentary by its title, and hope they will read it to the last line.

Khalid Mishal and Mama America
ATFP World Press Roundup Article from Asharq Alawsat
by Tariq Alhomayed - (Opinion) May 6, 2009 - 12:00am

In an interview with the New York Times that lasted a total of 5 hours and was conducted over a two-day period, Hamas chief Khalid Mishal said "In order to understand Hamas you must listen to its point of view directly, Hamas is pleased whenever people want to hear directly from its leadership, rather than hearing about the movement from others" What is the meaning of these words?

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