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Hamas Carries Palestine Elections – Terror Wins

Well, that great statesman Jimmy "I’ll Never Lie To You" Carter has gotten his wish, and his "so-called terrorists" have won the elections in Palestine.

And why not? What’s wrong with a party of murderous thugs dedicated to genocide having control of a state?

Carter has always been a promoter of such innovations in international relations. After all, this is the man who kissed Breshnev.

From Saudi-owned Reuters:

Hamas win redraws political map

By Nidal al-Mughrabi

GAZA (Reuters) – The Islamic militant group Hamas swept to victory over the long-dominant Fatah party on Thursday in Palestinian parliamentary polls, a political earthquake that could bury any hope for reviving peace talks with Israel soon.

The shock outcome, acknowledged by Fatah ahead of official results, does not automatically unseat President Mahmoud Abbas, a moderate elected last year after Yasser Arafat’s death. But he has said he might resign if unable to pursue a peace policy.

U.S. President George W. Bush appealed to Abbas to stay in office, but took aim at Hamas, vowing Washington would not deal with an armed Palestinian group advocating Israel’s destruction.

"Today we woke up and the sky was a different color. We have entered a new era," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said after Hamas announced it had won more than 70 seats in the 132-member parliament in Wednesday’s election.

Amid heightened tensions, Fatah supporters clashed with triumphant Hamas activists who briefly hoisted a green Hamas flag at the entrance to the Palestinian parliament in Ramallah.

Official results were due around 7 p.m. (1700 GMT).

With peace negotiations stalled since 2000 and Israel and Hamas bitter enemies, Israeli interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert could opt for more unilateral moves, following last year’s Gaza pullout, to shape borders on land Palestinians want for a state.

Olmert, who took over from Ariel Sharon after the 77-year-old leader’s January 4 stroke, suggested as much in a speech this week in which he repeated peace talks could not resume unless the Palestinian Authority disarmed militants.

In its first official comment on the poll result, Israel urged the European Union to take a firm stance against the establishment of a Palestinian "terrorist government."

"After the takeover by Hamas of the Palestinian Authority, it is incumbent on the European Union to speak out clearly and unequivocally that there will be no European understanding of a process that would mean the establishment of a terrorist government," Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said.

Leaders of the EU, the biggest donor to the aid-dependent Palestinian Authority, said earlier Hamas must renounce violence and recognize Israel or risk international isolation.

SIGNAL OF DISCONTENT

In Washington, Bush said Hamas’s victory was a sign Palestinians were unhappy with the status quo and showed democracy at work, which was positive for the Middle East.

But he made clear he was sticking to Washington’s view of Hamas as a terrorist group. It has carried out nearly 60 suicide bombings in Israel since a Palestinian uprising began in 2000.

"I don’t see how you can be a partner in peace if you advocate the destruction of a country as part of your platform," Bush told a White House news conference. "You can’t be a partner in peace if … your party has got an armed wing."

The United States is the main sponsor of a long-stalled "road map" peace plan that charts mutual steps toward the creation of a Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel.

Commentators in the Arab world predicted pragmatism would eventually prevail, with Hamas softening a position that now calls for the Jewish state’s destruction and Israel forging contacts with a new Palestinian powerhouse on its doorstep.

Hamas has largely respected a truce for nearly a year.

Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie of Fatah and his cabinet quit in the face of the Hamas victory. In the streets of Gaza, Hamas activists embraced, fired guns in the air and handed out sweets.

Under Palestinian law, the biggest party in the 132-member parliament can veto the president’s choice of a prime minister, effectively enabling Hamas to shape the next cabinet.

A senior Fatah official said it appeared Hamas was propelled to victory by public frustration over the mainstream faction’s failure to achieve Palestinian statehood and anger over years of corruption in its institutions and in the Palestinian Authority.

Hamas’s politburo chief Khaled Meshaal telephoned Abbas to affirm "a commitment to partnership with all the Palestinian forces, including the brothers in the Fatah movement."

But Jibril Rajoub, a senior Fatah official, rejected any coalition with Hamas, a group that Abbas had said he hoped to bring into the political mainstream and persuade to disarm.

Shooting briefly erupted during the melee outside parliament in Ramallah. Four Fatah supporters were injured by stones and broken glass before Palestinian security forces intervened.

In the wider Middle East, the Hamas victory was seen as strengthening the hand of those who favor democracy even at the risk of removing authoritarian Arab governments which themselves face Islamist opposition movements sympathetic to Hamas.

Despite weeks of armed chaos, voting in the first parliamentary election since 1996 was orderly, with about 900 foreign observers led by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter looking on . Turnout was 78 percent of the 1.3 million voters.

Ever notice how Carter is always on hand to vouch for the elections of every crackpot Communist dictator (Chavez) and murderous gang of cutthroats (Hamas), and yet he publicly questions the validity of our last two Presidential elections?

Weird, huh?

Oh, and good luck to the people of Israel. Thanks to humanitarians like Jimmy, you are really going to need it.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, January 26th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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