I made it clear to Abu Mazin, Hamas is a terrorist organization, No statehood unless Hamas comes to terms.
The US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, reassuring message to Israel, revealing understandings reached with the Egyptian political forces, including the brotherhood, on respecting the peace agreement between Cairo and Tel Aviv. Feltman, revealed in private remarks made to the Yediot Aharonot newspaper, that the Administration conducted a dialogue with leaders of «brotherhood», as part part of political business with Cairo. He said «we work with all political actors that do not support violence in Egypt, and through dialogue we reached an understanding the peace agreement with Israel should be respected. Our impression that they understand the value of Camp David for stability in Egypt
In response to a question on the results achieved by the Salafi movements in Egypt, which won about 20 percent of the vote in the first round of elections, Feltman acknowledged that that the results was a surprise to Washington, noting that election results is one of the topics he will discuss with Israeli officials. There are between us and them excellent coordination and partnership strategy, and in the light of changes in the region we should share information and estimates and think about how we move forward. We must not cling to past.
Turning to Hizbollah, according to Yediot Aharonot, Feltman was totally different, unlike diplomatic approach towards about brotherhood in Egypt, the former US Ambassador in Beirut, explained that they don’t deal with Hezbollah being a “terrorist” organisation who participated in the elections, and when they don’t like reality, they are imposing their wishes by force and violence.
Feltman in recent days made a regional tour that included both Jordan, Ramallah and Jerusalem, where he met with King Abdullah and President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli officials, including Foreign Ministry Director Ravi Barack and the leaders of Israeli National Security Council. For unclear reasons Feltman did not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but he said he had not requested such a meeting.
The newspaper said that Feltman knows very well the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, noting that he had worked in the past at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv and served as US Consul General in Jerusalem. Feltman said he came to Jerusalem and Ramallah «to examine how to launch direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, because that is the only way to reach the two-State solution», he confirmed the US position saying «we make it clear to the Palestinians that there is no shortcuts but direct negotiations, and in going to the United Nations Palestinians would not get a State».
According to Feltman, President Barack Obama believe that security is the most importent matter most for the Israelis, while the goegraphy is main issue for the Palestinians, In this context “mediation should be activated to overcome the crisis of confidence between both sides, serious work is needed. The US Administration has also disappointments in this topic.
I hear your claims that the Palestinians do not address security issue seriously, and on the other side I hear Palestinians claming that you are not serious, about geograhy. Therefore, President Obama spoke about the limits that must respond to the needs of the Palestinians but they see how the land is shrinking because of the settlements and outposts.
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In the internal Palestinian matter, Feltman believe that reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas would not be achieved. “over years we have seen statements and interviews, but deep divides remain unchanged, they represent an obstacle to genuine reconciliation.” He said “Yesterday, I made it clear to Abu Mazin, we understand your desire for unity, but you won’t get state if you engage with a terrorist organization. In our view, Hamas is a terrorist organization” he added
According to Yediot, Feltman prefer to use the label «changes in the Arab world», instead of «Arab spring». Concentrating on Syria Feltman said that President Bashar Al-Assad is «terrorist tool for Iranian terrorism, should retire immediately”
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