Palestine Says Hope in Obama 'Evaporated'

Abbas' Fatah Party accuses president of caving to Israel
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 14, 2009 8:36 AM CDT
Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, center, is seen during his visit to the West Bank city of Jenin, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)
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(Newser) – The Palestinian president's political party says all hopes in the Obama administration have "evaporated," accusing the White House of caving to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby and backing off a demand to freeze Jewish settlement. Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party also accused the US of failing to set a clear agenda for a new round of Mideast peace talks, according to an internal memo obtained by the AP yesterday.

"All hopes placed in the new US administration and President Obama have evaporated," the document said. Obama "couldn't withstand the pressure of the Zionist lobby, which led to a retreat from his previous positions on halting settlement construction and defining an agenda for the negotiations and peace." The document, dated Oct. 12, comes from an office headed by the party's No. 2, Mohammed Ghneim.