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Hezbollah Lawmaker Critical; Hamas Spokesman Notes 'Change'

More reactions to the speech President Barack Obama delivered in Cairo today:

— Hassan Fadlalah, a Hezbollah lawmaker in Lebanon, speaking to Reuters: "The Islamic world does not need moral or political sermons. It needs a fundamental change in American policy beginning from a halt to complete support for Israeli aggression on the region, especially on Lebanese and Palestinians, to an American withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan and a stop to its interference in the affairs of Islamic countries. ... "We have not seen any change in (U.S.) policy toward the Palestinian cause."

— Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman in Gaza, to the Associated Press: "There is a change between the speech of President Obama and previous speeches made by George Bush. But today's remarks at Cairo University were based on soft diplomacy to brighten the image of the United States."

— Nabil Abu Rdeneh, a spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, to the Associated Press: "The part of Obama's speech regarding the Palestinian issue is an important step under new beginnings. ... This is the beginning of a new American policy and this policy is creating a new atmosphere to build the Palestinian state."



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