Thursday, January 26, 2006

Hamas Wins Palestine Vote

Hamas, both a terrorist organization and a political party in Palestine, has apparently won a majority of the seats in Palestine's parliament. Hamas has an avowed goal to eliminate the state of Israel and to make its territory part of a greater Palestine. The group claims credit for most of the suicide bombings in Israel.

With this election, the Palestinians make clear that hatred of Israel is their primary political driving force. I do not find the result surprising. The Palestinians, after all, danced in the streets on 9/11, and opinion polls have found consistent support for terrorism against Israel.

Israel's pullout from Gaza may have contributed to Hamas's victory. Hamas claimed that it forced Israel out. Whether Israel's pullout contributes to peace is yet to be determined.

One positive outcome of the Palestinian election may be that Europe will finally see that Israel needs to build its fence for its defense and perhaps even its survival. A potential positive is that the Palestinians will get a taste of what it is like to live in an Islamist state. Other places that have tried it (Afghanistan and Iran, for example) have not found it desirable. If the Palestinians come to share that view, they may reject Hamas and its terrorism in time.

In the meantime, the Middle East is a more dangerous place.

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