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Hamas chief: Biden trip’s to Middle East meant to obliterate Palestinian cause

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US President Joe Biden holds a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, the United States, on June 1, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has censured US President Joe Biden’s forthcoming visit to the Middle East, with a trip to the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia, stating that the travels are meant to suffocate the Palestinian cause.

“The main purpose of Biden’s Middle East trip next month is to obliterate the Palestinian cause, and expand the influence of the Zionist regime,”  Ismail Haniyeh, head of the political bureau of the Gaza-based movement Hamas, said.

He called for greater unity among all ranks of the resistance front in order to prevent any potential infiltration attempt by the Zionists in the region, and end the presence of the Israeli regime in the region.

Haniyeh also strongly opposed any attempt to bring the occupying Tel Aviv regime into military coalitions in the region.

The Hamas leader warned that impending dangers are much more serious than what is thought, demanding the formation of a more unified front against the Israeli regime and Zionism.

He added that the potential dangers facing the occupied Palestinian lands and al-Quds, Israeli plans against the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of al-Quds, settlements expansion projects and Judaization of al-Quds, the brutal siege of Gaza and the sufferings of Palestinians living in the 1948 occupied territories are among the reasons which highlight such a necessity.

The rise of new currents which would try to serve the interests of the US and Israel above and beyond normalization, Israel’s frantic attempts to have a presence in military and security alliances to counter Palestinian resistance groups and similar movements in the region, as well as the ongoing Ukraine conflict which will have significant repercussions on the global political arena are other sources of concern, Haniyeh pointed out.

Biden will travel to the Middle East next month, making stops in Israel, the West Bank, and then Saudi Arabia, where he’ll seek to rebuild relations after vowing to make the kingdom a “pariah.”

The president’s travels will have him in the region between July 13 and 16, and he’ll meet with more than a dozen of his counterparts, a senior US administration official said on condition of anonymity.

The final leg of the trip will take him to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has been linked to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, but denies any involvement.

Israel’s foreign minister has said that the regime was looking to Biden’s Middle East trip next month to help improve relations with Saudi Arabia.

“The fact that the president’s going to fly directly from here to Saudi Arabia is probably signifying that there is a link between the visit and the ability to improve relations,” Yair Lapid said on June 15 at a news conference in al-Quds.

“There is a list of target countries: Saudi is first among them,” along with other nations such as Indonesia, he told reporters. Asked whether there would be an Israeli official on the plane to the kingdom, Lapid said he did not know.


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