Hamas rejects Bush's visit to the region
www.chinaview.cn 2008-01-08 18:05:30   Print

Special report: Palestine-Israel Relations

    GAZA, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) -- Mahmoud al-Zahar, senior Hamas leader and foreign minister in the former Hamas-led Palestinian cabinet, on Tuesday rejected the expected visit by U.S. President George W. Bush to Israel and the Palestinian territories.

    Bush will arrive in Israel on Wednesday, where he is expected to meet with Israeli leaders, and will also visit the West Bank and meet President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah. Bush will also visit in Bethlehem.

    Al-Zahar told reporters in Gaza City, north of the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, that Bush's visit in the region is aimed at "decorating the deformed image of his party, because his terrorist actions were carried out in the Middle East over the past few years."

    Al-Zahar made his remarks when leading a Hamas delegation to visit the only Roman Orthodox Church in Gaza to extend congratulations for the new year. The Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip is home to some 3,500 Christians.

    "The visit of Bush to the region would neither serve the Palestinian people, nor present the least rights for them," said al-Zahar, whose movement routed Abbas' security forces last June and took control of the coastal Strip.

    Asked about the talks between Israel and the Palestinians, al-Zahar responded, "These talks are just a waste of time and an exhaustion of efforts, and it wouldn't give our people the legitimate rights."

    "The experience of peace talks since the Madrid peace conference in 1993 had showed that the peace talks with Israel are useless and only achieve more occupation, more killings and more sufferings," he added.

Editor: Bi Mingxin
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