Or it could be because Obama said he would meet with him at one time during his campaign. Either way considering that Iran is supposed to be training and arming terrorist groups in Iraq it is significant and bears paying attention to.
Edit: Here is the next one:
Hamas is ready to open talks with U.S. President-elect Barack ObamaI don't think I have heard of so many foreign leaders sucking up/moving so soon before, has anyone else? When Bush came in China was poised to invade Taiwan (I think it was Taiwan?) but that wasn't until after he was inaugurated.
, who must deal with the Palestinian militant group if he wants to address the wider conflict in the Middle East, the group's leader said in an interview broadcast Saturday.
Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip since seizing power by force in June 2007 from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.
The administration of President George W. Bush has boycotted the Islamic militants, as has most of the international community. Hamas refuses to renounce violence or recognize Israel.
Denis McDonough, senior foreign policy adviser to Obama, said Hamas had to change its policies before it could engage in any talks.
"President-elect Obama said throughout the campaign that he will only talk with Hamas if it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist and agrees to abide by past agreements," McDonough said.
PS. I tracked down the statements on Iran. Obama has said he will meet with Iran without preconditions but will demand they abandon both it's nuclear ambitions and support for terrorism and Iran's VP said that there would be no meetings unless the US military leaves the middle east and stops supporting Israel.
If anyone has more on the subject please add it.