Palestine’s Hamas criticized Obama’s first statements on Gaza which he made as the president.
“Obama’s attitude to the Palestinians shows that there is no change in the US stance. He repeats the mistakes of his predecessors,” a member of the Hamas administration and an official spokesman in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan said in an interview with Al Jazeera network. “If Obama continues the previous pro-Israeli approach to the Mideastern crisis, he will inevitably suffer a fiasco,” Hamdan added.
The new head of the White House urged Israel and Hamas to take measures for strengthening the ceasefire regime. The Islamists, Obama believes, must stop shelling Israel with missiles, whereas Israel needs to complete the pullout of its troops. He also said that he was deeply concerned about the deaths of both Palestinian and Israeli nationals, Itar-Tass reports.
Obama said that his administration would actively strive for peace between Israel and Palestine, as well as between Israel and all its Arab neighbors.
Hillary Clinton, the new head of US diplomacy, announced the appointment of former Senator John Mitchell as a special envoy for the Middle East. Richard Holbrooke, a former UN ambassador, was announced as a special adviser on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Eight Syria-based radical Palestinian fronts and organizations based rejected any deals with Israel behind Palestine’s back. They condemned the attempts of the United States, the West and several Arab countries to achieve new security agreements with Israel to the detriment of the national aspirations of the Palestinians.
Hamas ("Islamic Resistance Movement") is a Palestinian Sunni Islamist paramilitary organization and political party.
Hamas was created in 1987 by Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi and Mohammad Taha of the Palestinian wing of the Muslim Brotherhood at the beginning of the First Intifada. Hamas has been well known for its numerous suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and security forces. Hamas renounced the practice in April 2006, but has continued, after a 5-month ceasefire in 2008, to launch rocket attacks into Israel, endangering and sometimes killing Israeli civilians. Hamas also runs extensive social programs, and gained popularity among Palestinians by establishing hospitals, education systems, libraries and other services in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hamas's charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel and its replacement with a Palestinian Islamic state in the area that is now Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. Hamas has come to accept the 1967 Green Line as a border for a two-state solution. Hamas describes its conflict with Israel as political and neither religious nor antisemitic. However, its founding charter, writings, and many of its public statements reflect the influence of antisemitic conspiracy theories
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea