Thursday, January 26, 2006

Palestinians Elect Terrorist Group Hamas As Government

Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organization by the United Nations and the US State Department, won a majority of seats in the Palestinian election, defeating the ruling Fatah party. From Reuters:
"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.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Washington's view of Hamas as a terrorist group was unchanged after the poll. Hamas has carried out nearly 60 suicide bombings in Israel since a Palestinian uprising began more than five years ago.
The Hamas win is the worst possible news for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Hamas is a major sponsor of terrorist attacks against Israel and has vowed to destroy the Jewish state.

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