RAMALLAH, July 25 (JMCC) - US official and unofficial sources have asked Hamas
to refrain from publicizing their contact with Washington claims one senior Hamas figure. This comes ahead of reports that a senior American official will be arriving in the Middle East with a telegram from the White House.
The Hamas figure told the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper that the Americans fear discussing the talks publicly would rouse the Jewish lobby and other pressure groups in the US and cause them to pressure the administration to suspend all talks with Hamas.
The Hamas figure, who is close to Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the government in Gaza, added, This is a sensitive subject. The Americans don't want anyone to comment on it because this would catch the attention of pressure groups (in the US) and cause problems.
On Wednesday a Washington-based Arabic newspaper quoted a senior official as saying that an American envoy is scheduled to meet with Hamas representatives in an Arab country and hand them a letter from the Obama Administration.
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