The recent visit of US President Barack Obama to Israel and the Palestinian territories is an obstruction to the process of the Palestinian reconciliation, a senior Hamas official said Friday.
Ismail Haneya, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told prayers at a mosque that Obama came to the region "and inserted a stick into the wheels of reconciliation."
Haneya warned the Palestinians against falling into the "trap of political fund" the US offered to the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) in the West Bank.
At the end of Obama's visit, Washington announced a decision to resume its aide to the PNA, which means some 500 million US dollars would be transferred to the PNA, a huge relief to its deep budget deficit.
Achieving the internal reconciliation has basically stalled due to deep differences between Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party on the forming of a unity government, security arrangements and elections.
Earlier in March, Obama visited Israel, the West Bank and Jordan with and held talks with regional leaders on the Middle East peace process, the Syrian crisis and the Iranian nuclear program.