Opinions on the Hamas Election Victory

The opinions expressed in this group of articles do not necessarily reflect the opinion of US wILPF or members of the Middle East campaign leadership team. We want to give you primary source material regarding this breaking development in Palestine, while we analyze the situation, particularly the US response to the democratic will of the Palestinian people. We hope that you will not rush to judgment of Hamas and their leadership of the Palestinian Authority.

Bush Team: Again, Not Too Bright
by Eric Margolis

After Hamas' stunning victory last week in Palestinian elections, a
flustered U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, tried to explain the
Bush administration's latest Mideast fiasco.

"I've asked why nobody saw it coming," she offered plaintively...

To Talk with Hamas
Uri Avnery of Gush Shalom

LIKE TWO very tired wrestlers who clasp each other, unable to separate, the Israeli and Palestinian societies are glued to each other.

The Palestinian elections this week took place in the shadow of the Israeli elections. Who is Ehud Olmert? Has the Labor Party really changed? Will the next Israeli government really be prepared to negotiate? Which Palestinian leadership stands a better chance of liberating us from the occupation?...

Where to Now Palestine?
Some reflections by Gilad Atzmon

The consequences of today’s Hamas victory aren’t yet clear, however the election results have revealed beyond doubt some fundamental information about Palestine and the Arab world:

*Democracy = Islam.
Once again the West and especially the Anglo-Americans must acknowledge the obvious fact: democracy in the Arab world means Islam. Unless one is severely Islamophobic this shouldn’t raise a problem. But apparently, we have too many Islam haters both in the left and in the right who happen to be horrified by the success of Islam among the masses. Anyhow, yesterday’s election in Palestine should serve as the last warning for those who now insist upon ‘democratising’ Syria...

Bravo Abbas! Bravo Hamas!
by Gabriel Ash

Mahmoud Abbas, leader of Fatah and head of the make-believe Palestinian "government", was never an inspiring figure. Palestine today is still at a stage that requires a liberation movement. Yet Abbas, even more than Arafat before him, bought into the Western conceit that he was a head of state in the making. Rather than leading the struggle for liberation, Abbas focused on being a technocrat to satisfy the rhetorical needs of the EU and the US who funded him...

by Noah Salameh

Fateh has been ruling the Palestinian people since the Oslo Agreement in 1994. Fateh selected the negotiation track and accepted the Oslo agreement and also the Road Map. This is on the political side. As Palestinians, our people are very disappointed from the achievement of the negotiations. I think that Palestinians gave too much support to Abu Mazen in the presidential election. After the elections we did not get the hoped for improvements in our lives - reducing the checkpoints, improving the economic situation, or fighting corruption....

How do you like your democracy now, Mr. Bush?
by Juan Cole

The stunning victory of the militant Muslim fundamentalist Hamas Party in the Palestinian elections underlines the central contradictions in the Bush administration's policies toward the Middle East. Bush pushes for elections, confusing them with democracy, but seems blind to the dangers of right-wing populism. At the same time, he continually undermines the moderate and secular forces in the region by acting high-handedly or allowing his clients to do so. As a result, Sunni fundamentalist parties, some with ties to violent cells, have emerged as key players in Iraq, Egypt and Palestine...

Gush Shalom on Hamas vote

We must talk with Hamas; they also can be partners - The crucial choice: deterioration and ever more bloodshed or the opening towards a firm peace of which Hamas is part...

Hard men to deal with
By Ewen MacAskill

Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel

Hamas's apparent election success brings problems, but raises the prospect of a more binding peace agreement, writes Ewen MacAskill...

The Israelis don't really have to say much negative about Hamas. All they have to do is sit back and let the US left which has never done much for the Palestinians do its best to discredit it.. This use of a UPI story, citing Israeli sources is the latest. While the Israelis may have encouraged Hamas as a counter to the secular PLO, it was the manifest corruption of the latter that gave Hamas its impetus, the corruption which the US "solidarity" groups studiously ignored.

 

Analysis: Hamas history tied to Israel

The Israelis don't really have to say much negative about Hamas. All they have to do is sit back and let the US left which has never done much for the Palestinians do its best to discredit it.. This use of a UPI story, citing Israeli sources is the latest. While the Israelis may have encouraged Hamas as a counter to the secular PLO, it was the manifest corruption of the latter that gave Hamas its impetus, the corruption which the US "solidarity" groups studiously ignored...

Palestine 2

by Noah Salameh It is three days after the Palestinian Elections and the victory of Hamas. Most reactions from inside Palestine, from Israel, Europe, the US, the whole world focus on the results of the elections, and not the democratic process and smooth functioning, the peaceful transfer of the authority. And hardly anyone is looking for the reasons of these results...

Jewish Voices for Peace on the Hamas Victory

The stunning victory by Hamas in the Palestinian election has raised many questions. Jewish Voice for Peace offers some answers to help our members and supporters make sense of these momentous developments...

BADIL Hamas' Election Victory - a Call for Good Governance and Respect of Palestinian Rights

Hamas is now challenged with finding ways to respond to the legacy and the multi-facetted public expectations of its victory and new leadership role. The Palestinian vote has correctly been described as a political earthquake or tsunami that poses deep challenges to the Palestinian body politique, including the secular forces of the Palestinian left. The ball, however, is in the court of the international community - diplomats, governments, and civil society - who will have to show whether they are able and willing to hear and engage based on the message of Palestinian voters in the occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)...

Hamas and Us
by Gila Svirsky

Listening to the reactions of passersby at the recent Jerusalem vigil of Women in Black, you would think it was our peaceful little group that put the Hamas into power. This stems from Israeli right-wing politicians who are asserting that Hamas won because of the Gaza withdrawal and other conciliatory overtures, i.e., “rewarding terrorism”. Indeed, Bibi Netanyahu & co. are delighted with the Hamas victory, on which they can now build a fear-saturated election campaign, and return voters to the fold who lately had slipped into something more moderate.

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