Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hamas not expected to halt attacks

From JPost Jan. 25, 2006 3:30 Updated Jan. 25, 2006 9:12 By YAAKOV KATZ ...

Hamas is expected to continue perpetrating attacks against Israel even if it does well at the polls on Wednesday in the Palestinian Legislative Council elections, senior defense officials predicted on Tuesday.

Recent polls have predicted Fatah winning the elections by a 10 percent margin and Hamas garnering a little over 30% of the vote, creating the possibility that the radical group would become part of a future Palestinian government. While the defense establishment expected Hamas's entry into politics to "moderate" the group's radical views, officials said they believed the organization would keep up its anti-Israel activity even from a position within the PA cabinet. senior defense official told The Jerusalem Post. "Hamas is built on an ideology that calls for Israel's destruction and its leaders speak like anti-Semites. The assumption is that they will not give up the Izz a-Din el-Kassam military wing so quickly."

... even if Fatah swept the elections, officials asserted, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas would have difficulty in leading a government with Hamas as a partner or in the opposition.

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