Obama might establish channel of communication with HamasJanuary 9th, 2009 - 6:26 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 9 (ANI): Sources close to US President-elect Barrack Obamas transition team have said that he is likely to establish a channel for communicating with the Islamist organization Hamas in Palestine.
According to a report in the Guardian, the incoming Obama administration is prepared to abandon George Bushs doctrine of isolating Hamas, by opening contacts with the organization.
The move to open contacts with Hamas, which could be initiated through the US intelligence services, would represent a definitive break with the Bush presidencys ostracizing of the group.
The state department has designated Hamas a terrorist organisation, and in 2006, Congress passed a law banning US financial aid to the group.
There is no talk of Obama approving direct diplomatic negotiations with Hamas early on, but he is being urged by advisers to initiate low-level or clandestine approaches, and there is growing recognition in Washington that the policy of ostracizing Hamas is counter-productive.
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