The Palestinian group Hamas said on Thursday that U.S. President Barack Obama does not represent a change from former President George W. Bush and is repeating his same failed policies in the Middle East.
"Obama insists that no change will happen. He is trying to move along the same path that previous U.S. presidents have followed," Hamas' representative in Lebanon, Osama Hamdan, told Al Jazeera television.
"It seems that Obama is trying to repeat the same mistakes that George Bush made without taking into consideration Bush's experience that resulted in the explosion of the region instead of reaching stability and peace in it."
Israel launched a three-week offensive on the Gaza Strip on Dec. 27, kiling 1300 Palestinians with a quarter of children and wounded 5300.
Bush staunchly supported Israel's occupation in Palestinian territories.
"I think this is an unfortunate start for President Obama in the region and the Middle East issue. And it looks like the next four years, if it continues with the same tone, will be a total failure," Hamdan said.
Moving quickly to tackle major foreign policy challenges, Obama said he would send George Mitchell, his newly appointed Middle East envoy, to the region as soon as possible.
"Some were optimistic when Mitchell was nominated as a Middle East envoy but it looks like even before Obama appointed him officially, he tried to put a spoke in the wheel, maybe so that he (Mitchell) doesn't succeed," Hamdan said.
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