'Hamas torpedoing peace process'|
Associated Press , THE JERUSALEM POST
Mar. 24, 2008
US Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that Hamas, with support from Syria
and Iran, is trying to "torpedo" peace talks between the Palestinians and
Meeting reporters after having breakfast with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert,
Cheney said, "It is clearly a difficult situation, in part, because I think it's
true, there's evidence that, Hamas is supported by Iran and Syria and that
they're doing everything they can to torpedo the peace process."
Government spokesman Mark Regev said the two men had a good meeting. "They
discussed a range of issues, including the peace process, terrorism, and threats
to regional security," he said.
Cheney said in his meeting Sunday with Palestinian leaders that they talked
about efforts under way in Yemen to encourage reconciliation between Fatah and
"My conclusion after talking about this with the Palestinians is that they
have established some preconditions before they would ever consider a
reconciliation, including a complete reversal of the Hamas takeover of Gaza," he
Asked whether the US supports the Yemeni mediation effort to bridge
differences between Hamas and Fatah, a senior administration official said that
the United States has made it clear that it will not support working with Hamas
unless there is a fundamental change in the group's current role, which the US
describes as terrorist.
Israel has been conducting peace talks with PA President Mahmoud Abbas's
Fatah-led government in the West Bank, while simultaneously battling Hamas in
Gaza. An Israeli official said a reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas would
mean the end of peace talks.
"The Fatah leadership has to make a choice," the official said, speaking on
condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
"They can have a peace process and dialogue with Israel or a coalition with
Hamas. But it's clear that you can't have them both."
Original article: Jerusalem Post
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