EVERYONE STAY CALM - Hamas's latest position - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Smadar
    • 27.01.06 | 07:47 (IST)

    Why is everyone over reacting to this extremist group which finally decided to participate in a civil parliamentary election -- so they won larger than expected. What's better, the recently extended truce (thanks to Abbas) or sending kids on suicide missions? But what did the average Palestinian vote for? They probably voted for a more transparent government, socioeconomic progress, the facade of a leadership which speaks in a familiar lingua-franca eg. threats/violence. Who wouldn't vote for predictably a better haggler when it comes to negotiating a peace deal, that is, wanting all the land, the return of all refugees since 1948 & their generations which followed, Jerusetc.? However, political pragmatism is probably around the corner if we are patient. Hamas's second on its national list, Sheikh Mohammed Abu Tir, told Haaretz, " We'll negotiate (with Israel) better than the others... muqawama (resistance)in the platform does not necessarily refer to weapons and use of force".

    from the article: Palestinian economics min. tells world to give Hamas chance
    First published 00:00 26.01.06 | Last updated 00:00 26.01.06
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