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    • Olga
    • 27.01.06 | 05:45 (IST)

    It should be no surprise to anyone that Hamas has won this election, and Israel is as responsible for that outcome as the Palestinians themselves. And lets not kid ourselves. Not only did one of formely most secular Middle Eastern societies just elected extremists (religious and otherwise) to govern by a majority, they did it with Israel's help. After all, a small minority of extremists,(religiously motivated settlers), seem to control the policies of the state of Israel. They, along with Hamas and Co derailed what could have been achieved through Oslo by expanding settlements (gov't funded, of course), without halt. Hamas needs to wake up and begin to solve the Palestinian people's suffering by recognising the state of Israel. Israel needs to do the same by halting all settlement activities, and, in fact, pulling out of the West Bank. This is the only viable option, but it seems that many years to follow will, istead, be awash with further blood on both sides.

    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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