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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Al-Arrub
Obama says Abbas unity push with Hamas 'unhelpful'
Published Friday 25/04/2014 (updated) 26/04/2014 10:52
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Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas listens to US President Barack Obama
during a meeting at the Oval Office of the White House in Washington,
on March 17, 2014 (AFP/File Saul Loeb)
SEOUL (AFP) -- US President Barack Obama said Friday that a decision by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to seek unity with Hamas was "unhelpful" for the peace process.

In his first public comments on the issue since Israel halted peace talks with Palestinians on Thursday, Obama lamented the lack of political will to make "tough decisions" on either side.

But he said his administration would not give up on Secretary of State John Kerry's peace push, despite the latest setbacks and Israel's declaration that the Palestinian move had scuppered the American initiative.

Obama's statements come a day after Israel halted all peace negotiations with the Palestine Liberation Organization after a major reconciliation deal was signed between the two major Palestinian parties, Fatah and Hamas.

The agreement would reintegrate Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, into the PLO, which currently controls the West Bank.

The move ends seven years of Palestinian political division, but Israeli authorities denounced the PLO for reconciling with Hamas, which it deems a terrorist group.

Israeli officials subsequently halted talks and said they would refuse to deal with any Palestinian government backed by Hamas.

PLO leaders have maintained, however, that any government that emerges from the deal will honor previous PLO commitments, including to the peace talks and recognition of Israel.

Although Hamas has accepted the idea of a Palestinian state in the 1967 borders, it has said it would not explicitly recognize the state of Israel.

Israel, however, has never explicitly recognized the right to exist of a Palestinian state.
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1 ) Sarah / The Netherlands
25/04/2014 15:16
You are right Obama, It's much more helpful to give "Israeli" terrorists billions of dollars a year to kill innocent people (mostly children) isn't it?

2 ) Maureen / Australia
25/04/2014 16:42
"Unhelpful" for what - continued Zionist support for the Obarma presidency?

3 ) Mel / USA
25/04/2014 16:55
I'll wager that our 1st Black POTUS(a fellow"Goy"I voted for)means that forcing Israel's apartheid-patron(USG)to publically OPT for ethno-theo-centric,Jim Crow,occupying Israel,is EXPOSING USG "true colors"i.e. racist,colonial,Royalist! And,'unhelpful'is displaying the political/geo-strategic(expired)hold Judeo-Nazism has on our USG('Zionist vote':Truman).So,to heck with pluralistic democracy,eh Barack?Tough decisions=admitting USG sponsors Zionist-APARTHEID-theocracy,which is ANTI-AMERICAN!!

4 ) Michael / USA
25/04/2014 18:48
Without unity the powers of the newly recognized Palestinian sovereign State will remain crippled to expressing its full potential. It is not in the interest of Pals to remain divided. Have you ever heard the term UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL.

5 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/04/2014 18:55
What a terrorist organization for one is a freedom fighter for another. But they are freedom fighters not a terrorist organization. They are conquered people and have the right to exist and defend their territory. So when Abbas was talking to the Israelis no one should had any doubt that Abbas did included the Palestinians of Gaza in his talks. And the US double standard shows when Kerry shows up to mediate the peace talks it also include all Palestinians there and around the world.

6 ) Steve / USA
25/04/2014 18:57
Oh, what a power struggle we have here. Israel and the USA want full control of the outcome and the PLO gets the crumbs. WOW, did that change this week. Now everyone gets to take another look and try to find out, how are we going to beat the PLO again. This is so much a set-up I am laughing.

7 ) America is really EMBARRASSED / nobody in the OBAMA
25/04/2014 19:56
Administration prepared a plan for such a move The Americans are REALY EMBARRASSED!

8 ) @ Maureen-2 / USA
25/04/2014 20:23
You are correct, that it is very HELPFUL, since with the
PLO realligned with internationally-recognized, militant terrorists,
- the USA, Canada, EU, etc. all have the best justification possible for ending all financial & political support of the PLO and the PA, and
- the USA, Canada, EU, etc. all have the best justification possible for ending all tax distributions to the PLO and the PA.

9 ) Realism / Obama
25/04/2014 21:08
In the Words of the US President:
- "There comes a point at which there just needs to be a pause and both sides need to look at the alternatives.
- Realistically, there is one door and that is the two parties getting together to make some very difficult compromises.
- We will continue to encourage them to walk through that door. Do I expect they will walk through that door, next week, next month or even in the course of the next six months? No."

10 ) Rafael / USA
25/04/2014 21:13
"The Hamas mouthpiece Palestine Information Center has an exclusive interview with Hamas sheikh and MP Hassan Youssef, where he confirms that Hamas will never recognize Israel." This is current. So why would anyone negotiate with terror group who wants to destroy you.

11 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
25/04/2014 21:21
Why do I have the impression that Obama's hands are tied ?

12 ) Michael / USA
25/04/2014 21:30
With the formation of this new PA Gov a strong military PA national force should be created like any other sovereign national power.

13 ) Mel / USA
26/04/2014 15:13
#8:"internationally recognized"?So,you define a few SUITS in USG,Ottawa&Brussels & a few Pacific Atolls(US bomb-test/military sites)as the"international community"(in DC-speak)who actually speak for BILLIONS of people who cast a 167-NATION UN vote showing Palestine's right to exist & Israel's right(behind '67 borders).Reality"recognizes"PLO,Hamas,HZBL as democratically elected,by their peoples under OCCUPATION/ATTACK by an apartheid Israel ALSO on"international"handouts($10Bill. p.a.).

14 ) Buaid Heach / Wales
26/04/2014 15:30
:) :) :) :) :) :) :) - Oh happy day when our friends turn RED! (with indignation)

15 ) Fred / UK
26/04/2014 22:23
What else one can expect from Obama! Peace process ,no body in his right mind that the Palestinian will get anything from Israel and USA. It is time to go to the UN ,the international body which created Israel in 1948 on Palestinian land and ask this body to do the right thing for Palestine and its people including the displaced ones.
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