Sez who? (Who do ya think?)
QUESTION: Have you talked with President Carter about his visit with Hamas?
SECRETARY RICE: I've not personally. But we have counseled against it. Hamas is a terrorist organization and it's an organization that's not committed to peace. And I don't think it's ever going to be committed to peace.
And I was struck by something that my German foreign minister colleague said, which was exactly right, which is that, you know, what we are trying to do is we're trying to strengthen the moderate forces, the people who are committed to nonviolence, Abu Mazen and his Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, the Palestinian Authority, which is by the way, the legitimate authority for the Palestinian people.
.... The people that ought to be strengthened are the Palestinians who are following a path of nonviolence and negotiating peace with Israel, not those who have decided to try to destroy it.