GAZA, March 15 (Xinhua) -- Mahmoud al-Zahar, a high-ranking official of Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza said Friday that the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the region next week " would bring only more divisions."
Zahar told prayers in a mosque in central Gaza Strip that "the ominous visit of Obama to the region would bring us only more divisions, more loss of lands, and more expel of our people."
The senior Hamas official also accused Obama of being involved in the two large-scale Israeli military operations against Gaza in early 2009 and in November last year.
Obama is scheduled to arrive in Israel Wednesday and visit the West Bank Thursday. During his three-day visit, Obama will meet with Israeli and Palestinian officials separately.
He claimed that the Hamas movement "is ready to implement all the understandings and agreements reached to promote the reconciliation, but the other side is using reconciliation to destroy the struggle and resistance."