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White House: Obama determined to help consolidate Gaza truce
By News Agencies
"U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday called four Middle East leaders, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to express his commitment to be actively engaged in the path toward Middle East peace."
"An aide to Abbas said Wednesday that Obama had called him to express his commitment to achieving peace in the Middle East.
Wednesday's call fulfills a promise by Obama to get involved in Mideast peacemaking from day one of his presidency.
"Obama reiterated that he and his administration will work in full partnership with President Abbas to achieve peace in the region," said Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel. "
Hamas' Haniyeh declares 'victory' over Israel
Group's leader in Gaza says IDF offensive was a failure, hails decision to declare ceasefire as 'wise and responsible'
Published: 01.18.09, 23:17 / Israel News
A Hamas leader said on Sunday Israel's three-week offensive in the Gaza Strip was a failure and had not cowed the Palestinians.
"The enemy has failed to achieve its goals," Ismail Haniyeh, the top Hamas leader in the territory, said in a speech broadcast on Hamas television.
The Gaza Bombshell
After failing to anticipate Hamas’s victory over Fatah in the 2006 Palestinian election, the White House cooked up yet another scandalously covert and self-defeating Middle East debacle: part Iran-contra, part Bay of Pigs. With confidential documents, corroborated by outraged former and current U.S. officials, the author reveals how President Bush, Condoleezza Rice, and Deputy National-Security Adviser Elliott Abrams backed an armed force under Fatah strongman Muhammad Dahlan, touching off a bloody civil war in Gaza and leaving Hamas stronger than ever.
by David Rose April 2008