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Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., speaking during recent Democratic presidential candidate debate in Philadelphia
Hamas believes Sen. Hillary Clinton, if elected president in 2008, will end President Bush’s “unlimited military and diplomatic support for Israel” and adapt a more “evenhanded” approach toward the Palestinians, says the group’s top political adviser.
Speaking yesterday with WND Jerusalem bureau chief Aaron Klein, Ahmed Yousuf, the top adviser to the Hamas leader in Gaza and to the deposed prime minister of the Hamas-led Palestinian government, said in recorded comments the group heard from “many Americans” that if the Democrats take the White House next year they will implement “drastic changes” to U.S. foreign policy and relations with the Palestinians.
Listen to Ahmed Yousuf:
“I do believe Miss Clinton will have a more balanced policy when it comes to how to solve the Arab-Israeli conflict,” Yousuf told Klein. “And I don’t think she is going to give to the Israelis this unlimited military and diplomatic support that they are actually enjoying now; so … the future politics in the region will [see] a very drastic change when it comes to how to handle the Palestinian question.”
Yousuf, speaking in English, said he hopes Clinton will “follow in the footsteps” of her husband’s administration when it comes to dealing with the Palestinians.
“During the [Bill] Clinton administration, his political stand was much, much better than the Bush administration,” he said. “We’re hoping Miss Clinton also will follow the steps of her husband.”
Yousuf said that for Clinton to enhance the U.S. image in the region she would need to “change the Bush doctrine on the ‘war on terror’ and to succeed in this you need to have an evenhanded policy (when) it comes to Palestine.”
The top Hamas adviser said any future president would need to “come and make a big change, a drastic change to foreign policy which is a disaster to them (Americans) in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
“We heard from many Americans there will be drastic changes in foreign policy,” he said.
Yousuf told Klein he believes the Republicans will lose in 2008, since the party “lost all Arabs and Muslims, because America in Iraq is in bad shape and in Afghanistan also.”
Hamas, responsible for scores of suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks, is classified by the State Department as a terrorist organization.
Terrorists endorse Hillary in ’08
Yousuf is the latest in a chorus of leading members of Mideast terror groups to express support for a Clinton presidency.
In Klein’s new book, “Schmoozing with Terrorists: From Hollywood to the Holy Land, Jihadists Reveal their Global Plans – to a Jew!,” a slew of senior terror leaders state on the record they hope Clinton is victorious in 2008.
“I hope Hillary is elected in order to have the occasion to carry out all the promises she is giving regarding Iraq,” stated Ala Senakreh, West Bank chief of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorist group.
Abu Hamed, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip, explained in “Schmoozing” Clinton’s repeated calls for a withdrawal from Iraq “proves that important leaders are understanding the situation differently and are understanding the price and the consequences of the American policy in Iraq and in the world.”
“The Iraqi resistance is succeeding,” stated Hamed. “Hillary and the Democrats call for withdrawal. Her popularity shows that the resistance is winning and that the occupation is losing. We just hope that she will go until the end and change the American policy, which is based on oppressing poor and innocent people.”
The Brigades, together with the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, took responsibility for every suicide bombing in Israel the past three years. The Brigades also has carried out hundreds of recent shootings and rocket attacks.
Abu Ayman, an Islamic Jihad leader in Jenin, said he is “emboldened” by Clinton’s calls for an eventual withdrawal from Iraq.
“It is clear that it is the resistance operations of the mujahideen that has brought about these calls for withdrawal,” boasted Abu Ayman.
Nasser Abu Aziz, the West Bank deputy commander of the Al Aqsa Brigades, declared it is “very good” there are “voices like Hillary and others who are now attacking the Iraq invasion.”
In “Schmoozing,” every terrorist leader out of dozens interviewed stated they hope a Democrat becomes president in 2008. Some terror leaders explained their endorsement of Clinton is not necessarily at the expense of other Democratic presidential candidates, whose policies are not as well known to them.
“All Americans must vote Democrat,” stated Jihad Jaara, an exiled member of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terror group and the infamous leader of the 2002 siege of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity.
Some Palestinian terrorist leaders stated their support of Clinton, in part, stems from hopes she will apply some of her husband’s foreign policies, particularly toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“I hope also she will maintain her husband’s policies regarding Palestine and even develop that policy,” stated Brigades chief Senakreh.
“President Clinton wanted to give the Palestinians 98 percent of the West Bank territories,” he said. “I hope Hillary will move a step forward and will give the Palestinians all their rights. She has the chance to save the American nation and the Americans life.”
Ramadan Adassi, leader of the Al Aqsa Brigades in the Anskar refugee camp in the northern West Bank, said he, too, backs Hillary and hopes she will continue the “legacy of her husband” regarding support for a Palestinian state.
President Clinton was “pro-Israel, but [he] understood that the Palestinians must live in their independent state like the other nations of the world,” stated Adassi.
The terror leader, however, commented he was “worried” that if Hillary “defied Israel” she would be “brought down like her husband,” claiming White House intern Monica Lewinsky really was an Israeli Mossad implant sent to destroy President Clinton’s career after he pressured the Jewish state to evacuate territory to the Palestinians.
“If Hillary goes too much against the Zionist interests, she will face the same conspiracy like her husband who fell into the trap of Lewinsky,” Adassi said. “I have no doubt [Lewinsky] was planted by the Zionists, who wanted to send a message to all future American presidents – do not go against the Israeli policy. Bill Clinton made the Oslo agreement and promoted peace, but the Israelis did not give him a chance.”
Abu Abdullah, a senior operational member of Hamas’ so-called “military wing” stated he wants a Democrat in the White House but said once Democrats are in power “the question is whether such a courageous leadership can [withdraw].”
To interview Aaron Klein, contact Tim Bueler Public Relations by e-mail, or call (530) 401-3285.