Barack Obama: Palestinian unity deal with Hamas unhelpful


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States scrambled to salvage the already
dying Israeli-Palestinian peace talks after Israel torpedoed the negotiations over its
refusal to deal with a unified Palestinian political entity.

President Barack Obama, whose administration dragged the two sides back to the
negotiating table in July after a three-year hiatus, said on Friday that the recent
Palestinian unity deal between former opponents Fatah and Hamas was “unhelpful” to
the talks.

Speaking in Seoul, Obama acknowledged the need for a “pause” in the talks but
vowed he would not give up on Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace push despite
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