The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) slammed on Tuesday the statements of the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, during meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in the West Bank city of Ramallah.The PFLP stated that Rice “acquitted the leaders of Israel and the commanders of its army from the crimes they are committing against the Palestinians people, while the Israeli army is using US-donated fighter-jets and shells”.

The spokesperson said that the US is misleading the international community and is ongoing with its support to Israel and its occupation to Palestine.

He added that the US is acting in order to divide the Palestinians people into “good and bad groups” in order to obstruct any efforts that aim at uniting the Palestinians.

The spokesperson called on the Palestinian leadership not to surrender to US pressures to resume “the mirage of peace talks with Israel under false US promises and delusions”.

The PLFP stated that the Palestinian people need to be united now more than ever in order to counter the Israeli and American plans to keep them separated in order to protect the occupation and its policies in Palestine.

Also on Tuesday, Sami Abu Zuhri, the Hamas movement spokesperson, stated that Rice's statement which accuses Hamas of escalating the violence as fiving a green light to Israel to continue its attacks against the Palestinian people, the resistance and Hamas movement. Abu Zuhri added that the comments were made by Rice to sway world opinion and to cover up Bush's crimes, because according to Abu Zuhri, Bush gave his blessing for the attacks on Gaza during his visit to the region on January.

The Hamas official asked Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas not to listen to Rice regarding resuming talks with Israel. Halting talks with Israel is a natural and much needed response to the Israeli attacks on Gaza Abu Zuhri added.

During her visit, Rice failed to condemn the recent Israeli attacks against the Gaza Strip which started on Wednesday and continued through Monday . During the military assault, 120 Palestinians were killed and over 300 were injured, a large number of the casualties including women and children.