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Did the Hamas' spokesman endorse Obama?

There was a little publicized interview on April 16, 2008 where the chief political advisor to the Prime Minister of Hamas says Hamas wants B. Husein Obama to win the US presidential election.  He says the only reason Obama is against Carter's visit to the middle east is because of the elections.  They want Jimmy Carter to meet with them against the "Israeli propaganda machine's" preferences.  His opinion is that it is "shameful" for the west to have isolated Hamas with sanctions.  He also says that the rocket attacks on Israel from Hamas in Gaza are the result of Israeli aggression. 

In answer to a question in the interview, Ahmed Yousef  says, "I understand American politics... everybody tries to sound like, be, a friend of Israel..."  He goes on to say that although a democrat is acceptable to Hamas, Obama is their preference.  Yousef is thought to be more of a policy maker than an advisor to the Prime Minister of Hamas. 

After reading and hearing his comments, I don't think he said he endorses Obama as much as he thinks Obama will be able to "lead the world" better that anyone else.  Of course, if the leader of Hamas is for you, who can be against you?

But, it takes two to work out differences, not rockets nor aggression.  I think the world economy, let alone the US, would prefer these two just get along.  Their confilct is like if the US were still fighting the Civil War.

Here is a link to the interview: http://cameron.blogs.foxnews.com/2008/04/16/a-hamas-problem-for-obama/aaron_klein_4113081/

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