The Islamic terrorist group Hamas won the Palestinian elections yesterday. Israel and the US have both said they will not deal with the new Hamas government (British Prime Minister Tony Blair made similar statements earlier this week).
The only people this election is good news for are the pro-terrorism-against-Israel Palestinians who voted Hamas into the government in the first place, and folks like Jimmy Carter – who seems to be mystified as to why Hamas would even be labelled a terrorist organization.
Oh – and I’m sure the UN is pleased as well.
“Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it.”
“The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Moslem generations until Judgement Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up.”
“There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.”
A Dark Victory for the rest of the world.
Update: A recap of the President’s speech from MSNBC:
WASHINGTON – President Bush on Thursday did not rule out dealing with Hamas, which won the Palestinian parliamentary elections, but said the militant Islamic group would have to renounce its call for Israel’s destruction.
“Peace is never dead” Bush said at a news conference when asked if he ruled out ever dealing with Hamas.
But he added that “if your platform is the destruction of Israel, it means you’re not a partner in peace, and we’re interested in peace.”
Asked in a follow-up question if he was ruling out dealing with a Palestinian government that was made up partly of Hamas, he replied: “They don’t have a government yet, so you’re asking me to speculate on what the government will look like. I have made it very clear however that a political party that articulates the destruction of Israel as part of a platform is a party with which we will not deal.”
Bush called the election results a “wake-up call” to the old guard Palestinian leadership, many of whom are holdovers from the days of Yasser Arafat.
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