Clark Mountain Musings

Friday, January 20, 2006

A Discouraging but non-suprising story about Hamas

"Hamas, the militant Islamic movement that Israel has failed to eradicate in the past five years of conflict, is poised to secure a decisive role in mainstream Palestinian politics after the votes are tallied in next week’s parliamentary elections.

Opinion polls that give a slender 5 to 10 per cent lead to the once all-powerful Fatah party predict that Hamas could win up to a third of seats in a new 132-seat legislature. That would be enough for it to demand portfolios in a coalition cabinet or to act as a blocking opposition to a Fatah-led government.

Analysts on both sides are already pondering the prospects of a movement ostensibly committed to the destruction of Israel playing a role in future negotiations with it."

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