A Hamas leader claims the terrorist group has had “direct meetings” with U.S. officials close to the White House despite a longstanding American policy to have no contact with Hamas.
The claim from Hamas leader Ghazi Hamad was reported in a Palestinian news outlet. Top American representatives were in meetings Hamas had with European ambassadors and officials about two weeks ago, he said.
The officials discussed removing Hamas from the list of designated terrorist organizations, but that “these contacts have not yet reached the level of decision-makers,” Hamad said in a Sky News Arabia report translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. The alleged meeting has not yet been reported in Western media.
A series of meetings with European officials have been held in Gaza, Cairo and other countries, Ghazi Hammad, Hamas deputy foreign minister, told reporters.
“These meetings which included U.S. officials closed to the White House, were held away from the mass media and aimed at removing Hamas from the list of terrorist organizations,” Hammad said.
He added that “there are no legal or political justifications for keeping Hamas movement in that list.”
Meantime, Hammad said Hamas is also trying to build up positive contacts with all political parties, not only the Muslim Brotherhood Movement in Egypt.
The United States, Europe and Israel classified the Hamas movement, which has ruled the Gaza Strip since June 2007, as a terrorist organization.
No surprise. Obama and his core have been meeting with Hamas and advocating meeting with them since before he was in office.
In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising if John Kerry’s pick for a State Department advisory post is one of those meeting directly with the Islamic terror group Hamas:
An anti-Israel diplomat who was kicked off the 2008 Obama campaign after he was caught negotiating with the terror group Hamas is under consideration for a State Department advisory post, the Washington Free Beacon has learned.
Robert Malley, a longtime government insider who worked for former President Bill Clinton and advised then-Sen. Barack Obama, is said to be on Kerry’s shortlist for deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, according to reports and sources. He currently serves as the Middle East director of the International Crisis Group (ICG).
If tapped for the job, Malley would be in charge of the Israel-Palestinian peace process, according to Al Monitor.
Another source familiar with the issue told the Washington Free Beacon that Malley has quietly been confirming that the Al-Monitor report is accurate.