Jerusalem – Hamas political bureau director Khaled Mashal and Hamas foreign affairs director Mahmoud a-Zahar issued statements on Saturday that they hope President-elect Barack Obama’s election will turn over a new leaf between the organization and the new administration in the United States.
However, they added “do not expect the boycott to be lifted anytime soon because of Israel’s influence over the United States.” In response, a source close to President-elect Obama told the Israeli media that “Obama will talk with Hamas only on condition that it recognizes Israel’s right to exist and respect the existence of previous agreements.”
Hamas is defined by the 23 governments associated with the European Union along with the governments of the United States, Canada and Australia as an illegal terrorist organization. Hamas openly and consistently endorses armed attacks in which Jews are murdered. The platform of the Hamas calls for the overthrow of the state of Israel.