Palestinian Official Criticizes U.S.
Newly installed Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud Zahar said the United States is biased toward Israel, guilty of crimes against Muslims and Arabs and is widening the rift with the Middle East. Zahar, considered one of the more hard-line officials in the Palestinians’ new Hamas-led government, also said his group would not cave in to international pressure to change its ways and had no plans to negotiate with Israel. Zahar, responding to a statement by President Bush that Washington would not give aid to a Hamas-led government unless it changed its extremist policies, said those comments were in line with American support for Israel in the United Nations, and its massive aid to Israel. Full Story