The United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the US will not aid a Hamas Government in Palestinian territories. She said the US "is not prepared to fund an organization that advocates the destruction of Israel, that advocates violence and that refuses its obligations." She also pointed out that the Hamas victory took everyone by surprise, which only showed, that the monitoring and recognition mechanisms need to be more sophisticated. Hamas leaders in Syria said, â€œCutting off aid now will be a punishment of the Palestinian people, not of Hamas.â€ They mocked European Union and American warnings of cuts in aid saying, â€œthis will not change Hamasâ€™ strategic position.â€ Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to quit if Hamas does not change its position to get international relevance. Israel has called many countries seeking their support in not dealing with Hamas.