Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas Victory in Palestinian Election


Supporters of the radical Islamist movement Hamas celebrate the group's victory on the Palestinian parliamentary elections at Rafah refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas was set to ask Hamas to form a new government after its stunning election victory plunged the stalled Middle East peace process into fresh turmoil.(AFP/Said Khatib) COMMENTLINE
If U.S. policy remains steadfast, we won't deal with Hamas members who are elected.

If in general, all terrorism should be destroyed, logic follows that Hamas should be destroyed, not legitimated, and much less courted.

Perhaps it was a mistake to permit Hamas to compete in elections.

But then again, "The times they are a-changin'."

"Israel can't accept a situation in which Hamas, in its present form as a terror group calling for the destruction of Israel, will be part of the Palestinian Authority without disarming," Acting Israli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said in a statement issued by his office.

Palestinian PM says government will quit after Hamas win
Israeli PM: 'Will not negotiate' with those who won't fight terrorism
RAMALLAH, West Bank (CNN) -- In a stunning development ahead of official election results, Prime Minister Ahmed Qorei said Thursday he and others in the Palestinian Authority government will resign in the wake of Hamas' apparent parliamentary victory.

Hamas wins upset victory in Palestinian election
GAZA (Reuters) -- The Islamic Hamas movement swept to victory over the long-dominant Fatah faction on Thursday in Palestinian parliamentary polls, a political earthquake that could bury any hope for reviving peace talks with Israel.

Officials: Hamas Wins Palestinian Election
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Hamas' top official told Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday the Islamic militant group is ready for a partnership after defeating the ruling Fatah Party in parliamentary elections -- a shocking upset sure to throw Mideast peacemaking into turmoil.

Hamas Claims Victory in Palestinian Elections
Group Says It Has Clear Majority of Seats; Prime Minister and Cabinet Resign
RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan. 26 ( -- The radical Islamic group Hamas claimed victory Thursday in voting for the first Palestinian parliament in a decade, saying it won a clear majority of seats and had the right to form the next government.

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Blogger Tank said...

I have to agree that the US(and many other countries) policy to not deal with terrorist organizations is sound (elected or not) but there's a point you have to take a step back and realize that even terrorist style organizations can be part of the diplomatic process and can be the best course of action to a peaceful resolution.

Case and point = ireland and sinn fein (I hope I spelt that correctly)

9:41 AM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Terrorism: It's just another form of diplomacy.

Bring on the suicide doves!

9:45 AM EST  
Blogger BerlinBear said...

I'm not keen on the idea of dealing with avowed terrorists either. However, it's problematic, isn't it, when the US administration has been loudly and actively bringing "freedom and democracy" to the region, to then change your tune when you don't like the results of the democracy you helped to bring. The US administration runs the risk of looking very hypocritical indeed, along the lines of: "Democracy is great and everyone should have it, umm, except when we don't like who you choose to vote in." This result puts both the US and Israel in a serious bind. I don't envy those people their jobs right now, at all.

11:02 AM EST  

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