TITLE

HAMAS' FRENCH FUNDS?

AUTHOR(S)
Calabresi, Massimo; Hamad, Jamil; Zagorin, Adam
PUB. DATE
June 2003
SOURCE
Time;6/30/2003, Vol. 161 Issue 26, p13
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
As U.S. Secretary Of State Colin Powell traveled to the Middle East to try to get President Bush's road map back on track, U.S. frustrations with the stalled peace efforts have begun to focus on a familiar target: France. State Department and White House sources say the U.S. has lodged complaints that Paris is turning a blind eye to fund raising in France by front organizations for Hamas, the terrorist group that has claimed responsibility for most of the wave of suicide attacks. The U.S. also claims France is blocking European Union efforts to restrict these front groups elsewhere. Some Administration hard-liners suspect the French of positioning themselves to influence the Arab-Israeli peace process by leveraging Hamas' European funding. France says it has found no evidence of such funding. The pressure is also on Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas to crack down on Hamas. He's getting some much needed behind-the-scenes help from the head of Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman, who dispatched assistants to the Gaza Strip to push the terrorist group into talks on a cease-fire with Israel.
ACCESSION #
10078629

 

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