Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hamas Met With Obama Advisors in Gaza

Not surprising, but still thoroughly disturbing.

"Hamas says met Obama advisors in Gaza"

Ismail Haniyeh's political advisor says Islamist group met with US president-elect's aides in Strip following online correspondence; 'they told us not to come out with any statements so as not to harm Obama's campaign,' Ahmad Yousuf says

Ahmad Yousuf, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh's political advisor, said that during the recent US presidential race a secret meeting between senior Islamist group figures and advisors to President-elect Barack Obama was held in Gaza.

"We were in contact with a number of Obama's aides through the Internet, and later met with some of them in Gaza, but they advised us not to come out with any statements, as they may have a negative effect on his election campaign and be used by Republican candidate John McCain (to attack Obama)," Yousuf said in an interview with London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat, published Tuesday

Yousuf said Hamas's contact with Obama's advisors was ongoing, adding that he was still on good terms with some of the aides he had befriended while residing in the US.

According to Yousuf, Haniyeh will send Obama a telegram congratulating him on his victory.

This is the first time a jihadist movement, designated by the US State Department as a "foreign terrorist organization," has congratulated a victorious US presidential candidate. Now that's "Change"!

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