Gaza public endorses Hamas violence (JERUSALEM NEWSWIRE) Editorial Staff 01/30/05)
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JERUSALEM - The Hamas terrorist organization’s overwhelming success
in last week’s Gaza municipal elections proves there is widespread
public support for its efforts to mass murder Israeli Jews, Hamas
"Our people have a consensus on the choice of jihad and resistance
and the election has underscored that concept," said spokesman Muhir
al-Masri following the announcement of the election results.
“This means that the people believe in the armed resistance as the
only option,” Gaza-based Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar told The
Jerusalem Post .
Voter turnout topped 80 percent in Thursday’s poll, which gave Hamas
75 out of 118 local council seats in the Gaza Strip.
Even in Bet Hanoun – where, Israeli officials and media assert, the
local population is fed up with Hamas rocket attacks launched from
their town on nearby Sderot – the terror group won 11 out of 13
The victory is expected to provide Hamas with far greater leverage in
its negotiations with PA leader Mahmoud Abbas over a power-sharing
government. It will also, in “Palestinian” eyes, enable Hamas to
legitimately nix any “ceasefire” with Israel.
A senior US official admitted the election results were a cause for
"It is always worrying when people linked to violent faction achieve
success," he told reporters.
The Bush Administration, he said, would keep a close eye on whether
or not Hamas’s victory affects the official policies of the Abbas
Washington and the West have long maintained “Palestinian” terrorism
was a fringe phenomenon unsupported by the general public, which only
wanted to live in peace with its Jewish neighbors.
Thursday’s election results would suggest otherwise.
Following the Islamic terrorist attacks against the United States on
September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush told the citizens of the
world they were either with the terrorists or against them.
Gaza’s Arabs appear to have made their choice. (Copyright 2002-2005
Jerusalem Newswire. 01/30/05)
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