For John, BLUF: The US, EU, Canada and Japan list Hamas as a terrorist organization.
Hamas: Regarding President Obama's scheduled Mideast visit, Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said today at a Gaza rally: "We affirm that Obama's visit to the Al-Aqsa Mosque under the occupation's authority and sovereignty will constitute a declaration of war on and provocation against our Arab and Muslim nation."You try to do something right and it turns out to be wrong. Actually, in this case I am applying that to Hamas. The US President is doing the right thing to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Comment: This is the second time a Hamas official has urged the US President to not visit the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem with an Israeli security escort. The difference is that the latest warning is much more shrill
Regards — Cliff