Bethlehem - Ma'an - The political advisor of the Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr Ahmad Yousif, has confirmed the news about Hamas officials having met with high-ranking American figures, especially members of the Democratic party.
n an interview with Ma'an News, Dr Yousif stated that the meetings were fruitful in introducing the Hamas political vision, which harmonizes with other initiatives. Meetings are also ongoing throughout the Arab world, especially in Syria, with the contribution of other European figures.
Dr Yousif declared that, "other meetings will be held within the coming weeks to follow up the discussions to end the conflict."
He also stated that, "Hamas haven't closed the doors to dialogue with Europe and the world, and that the Hamas delegation had met in Ireland with members of the British House of Lords."
With regard to the unity government, Dr Yousif affirmed that Hamas insists on taking the portfolios of treasury and interior, because they consider that they were elected to deal with the corruption in these ministries. He stated that President Mahmoud Abbas had suggested a name for the treasury who is, "neither unbiased nor transparent."
Dr Yousif also warned that any alternatives to the unity government, such as a referendum or dismissal of the Hamas-led government would, "have more negative consequences on the Palestinian arena than the complications over forming a unity government."
The Hamas minister renewed his party's rejection of a government which complies with the American or the Israeli dictates and assured that the current government is capable of, "steering the ship", especially if it is enhanced by ministers from other parties, such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palsetine and Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who have shown a will to enter the government.
In response to a question about the Prime Minister's tour of the Arab and Islamic capitals, Dr Yousif said that, "although the tour is somewhat late, it is very fruitful, since Qatar have offered monthly payments to cover complete sectors of employees, such as health and education, while Iran offered to pay $40 million per month."
On Thursday, the US Consulate in Jerusalem denied that any US governmental officials had met Hamas officials. In a statement, the consulate said: ?According to a Western diplomat, reports about American Democrats meeting with Hamas? officials are completely false.?
and this is not on my 'bookmarks' list, but when I see the words:
"claimed", "quoted a source", "Sources", "alleged meeting", "took place in a European country", "The official said he could neither confirm nor deny whether Hamas held any meetings with Democrats"
and OMIT "the US Consulate in Jerusalem denied that any US governmental officials had met Hamas officials" plus "the consulate said: ?According to a Western diplomat, reports about American Democrats meeting with Hamas? officials are completely false."
less than accurate reportage from WND(weapon of news destruction) I think this 'news' was supposed to be released before nov 7 elections along with the 'survey says: 9 out of 10 terrorists want the dems to win" garbiage.