Thread: Hamas secures stunning victory
01-26-2006, 07:50 AM #1
Hamas secures stunning victoryThere are strong indications that the Islamic militant group Hamas has won a stunning victory in Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections.
Final results are to be announced at around 1900 local time (1700GMT).
But Prime Minister Ahmed Qurei announced his resignation, as the ruling Fatah party conceded defeat.
A Hamas victory will pose a great dilemma for the international community as it tries to restart peace talks with Israel, correspondents say.
Israel has said it will not deal with a Palestinian Authority which includes Hamas.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the US policy on Hamas was unchanged, and the movement would have to renounce violence.
"You cannot have one foot in politics and the other in terror," she said.
European officials echoed the call.
"The onus is now on Hamas to choose between democracy or violence. You cannot have both," UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw told the BBC.
Hamas claimed it had won at least 70 seats in the 132-member parliament, while EU election observer Richard Howitt told the BBC he had been informed that Hamas could have won up to 80 seats.
Observers praised the election process, with EU monitoring team leader Veronique De Keyser saying the poll was "free and fair under severe restrictions", referring to Israeli measures to limit voting in East Jerusalem.
The BBC's Jon Leyne in Jerusalem says there is no doubt that the Hamas showing has transformed the Palestinian political arena.
For decades, Fatah - the party founded by the late Yasser Arafat - has totally dominated electoral politics, but that time is over, he says.
The likelihood of a resounding victory for Hamas - which is committed to the destruction of Israel - sent shockwaves though the Jewish state.
Speaking on election night, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel could not deal with a Palestinian Authority which included Hamas.
Hamas official Mushir al-Masri warned that Hamas would not hold peace talks with Israel.
"Negotiations with Israel is not on our agenda," he said.
"Recognising Israel is not on the agenda either now."
The outcome of the Palestinian election is the biggest challenge facing Mr Olmert since he took over from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who remains in a coma following a massive stroke on 4 January.
The Palestinians have said their word,and like I said befor if USA really wants democracy thats what will happen in all the arabic world, I think USA and Europe are really confused now because they put Hamas on the terrorists list and now Hamas swept the elections and it will be in the governement.
01-26-2006, 09:58 AM #2
How about posting some pictures with ink hands that Americans seem to love.
Democracy will back fire on the West. They should learn to never interfere in the affairs of other countries, and let the natural process take a hold.
Democracy in the Middle East is death for the Western imperialist nations.
01-26-2006, 11:32 AM #3
Ok so there is a "natural process" going on in Saudi Arabia, Iran, UAE, Kuwait? Arent there rulers the same who walk like Kings on 5th avenue while their citizens walk like nomads in the desert? This is the norm?
You know for a moment I thought that in non-oil abundant countries like Tunisia,Morrocco,Egypt the citizens were treated more fairly then the rest of the arab oil-rich kingdoms and semi-feifdoms. So I guess the arabs like to get wiped and be oppressed and romantically deteste freedom? Yes I agree meddling in an autonomous state's affairs is uncalled for. Banishing democratic promotion is ludicrous. Unless you like being sadastically suppressed by your own state?
01-26-2006, 11:42 AM #4
Do the Palestinians want praise for finally having democratic elections? Honestly, big deal. They went to the polls, cast their votes, and a new party is in power. It simply shows the world the mindset of the Palestinian People. In the words of a great Englishman, "Democracy is the greatest system in the world but it is meant for civilized people; when in the wrong hands, Democracy becomes a weapon." This is what we have witnessed.
Hamas's charter: The martyrs' oath
"Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious...The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah's victory is realised...
The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a universal organization which constitutes the largest Islamic movement in modern times...
It strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine, for under the wing of Islam followers of all religions can coexist in security and safety where their lives, possessions and rights are concerned...
The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: 'The Day of Judgement will not come about until Muslims fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Muslims, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him...'
Resisting and quelling the enemy become the individual duty of every Muslim, male or female. A woman can go out to fight the enemy without her husband's permission, and so does the slave: without his master's permission...
There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors. The Palestinian people know better than to consent to having their future, rights and fate toyed with...
We should not forget to remind every Muslim that when the Jews conquered the Holy City in 1967, they stood on the threshold of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and proclaimed that 'Mohammed is dead, and his descendants are all women.'
Israel, Judaism and Jews challenge Islam and the Muslim people. 'May the cowards never sleep.'"
Our local Terror supporting members are always denying a hatred of Jews. But say there hatred is to Zionism, well it seems the Jihadists dont give a damned about Zionizm, clearly it is Jews as a whole which they take pleasure in killing.
01-26-2006, 12:04 PM #5
01-26-2006, 12:36 PM #6Originally Posted by Prada
01-26-2006, 12:57 PM #7
Speaking of credibility, maybe you have difficulty with the english language? You see, in english we use a question mark to mark that one is posing a question. Unfortunatly and very obviously you failed miserably to comprehend that. So next time you venture in and prior to failing to insult me, please take the time to re-read what it is I wrote. You see I comment on everything and am not naive nor close-minded like many here who only know how to comment in partisan fashion on one single subject. I would like to reciprocally applaud you for your deficient attempt and wish you a not so formidably distressing day.
Now back to the topic on hand
01-26-2006, 01:02 PM #8Originally Posted by Prada
A rhetorical question is one that requires no answer because the answer is obvious and doesn't need to be stated . The speaker (of the rhetorical question) is not looking for an answer but is making some kind of a point, as in an argument.
01-26-2006, 03:21 PM #9Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
01-26-2006, 04:18 PM #10
I actually think that today's result can be seen in a positive light for Israel.
In retalliating to islamic terrorist attacks, Israel has always been constraind because the terrorists hide amongst the "innocent civilian population". This vote clearly shows that the majority of the "civilian population" is not "innocent" at all, but in fact active supporters in the terror attacks. Since terrorists and their supporters are always legitimate targets with regard to the laws of war, then Israel is much much less constrained.
01-26-2006, 05:10 PM #11Originally Posted by kis55
Well, before an Islamic State can be formed next to us, there will no doubt be a civil war among the Palestinians. That will come very soon...much sooner than full-blown Islamic rule.
01-26-2006, 07:14 PM #12
I love how the Zionist idiot terrorist scum Netenyahoo says Hamas is a Iranian satellite.
He is all over the news claiming this, although he also knows its nothing but BS.
01-26-2006, 07:16 PM #13
I have come to the conclusion there can be no peace with Israel, and groups like Hamas are needed to put Israel in its place. Israel only understands force and doesnt understand peace.
Israel is acting like now they cant talk with Palestinians because Hamas is in power. But when Fatah and the PLO and Arafat were in power, they still wouldnt talk to them.
01-26-2006, 07:17 PM #14Originally Posted by kis55
01-26-2006, 10:26 PM #15Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
Actually, the only reason they have the military they do is because you folks keep trying to finish what hitler started. He lost, and so will you.
Second, your terror organizations sole purpose is to slaughter jews, you know it, I know it, we all know it.
I stand by my original statement, those that support terror are as guilty as the terrorists. The Israelis are the victims, you and yours are the perpetrators.
Fear not though, for as the koran has pledged and promised, Jews will always control Jerusalem.
01-27-2006, 12:57 AM #16Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
That's exactly what we say about you
01-27-2006, 12:58 AM #17Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
01-27-2006, 10:25 AM #18Originally Posted by kis55
Israel will be defeated eventually, that is a given, its a matter of when. Some people are impatient, some people arent.
Osama Bin Laden says all Americans are targets because they support the American government by paying tax. So maybe your right with your logic. Just like all Israelies are guilty for sponsoring state sponsered terrorism and ethnic cleansing.
Israel is not a victim, but a savage and brutal enemy, that is a threat to the whole world, just not the middle east.
And the Quran doesnt promise Jerusalem to the Jews. That is 100%.
Resistance shall continue.
01-27-2006, 10:26 AM #19Originally Posted by AIZ
Nice little slip there, bigot.
01-27-2006, 11:21 AM #20Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
"Osama Bin Laden says all Americans are targets because they support the American government by paying tax. So maybe your right with your logic. Just like all Israelies are guilty for sponsoring state sponsered terrorism and ethnic cleansing"
You prove my point, that is what I was getting act in my original post. Since the shitbag terrorists and their shitbag supporters use this logic, so should the civilized innocent victims, who are simply defending their life and freedom from these purveyors of evil.
01-27-2006, 11:30 AM #21
From what I understand, now that Hamas is in power, giving aid to the Palestinians is against the American law....
My assumption is that pretty soon Israel will also stop giving the PA money. I'm just wondering what the Palestinians are planning to live off.
I also hope that now that the Palestinians have a new leadership which is openly calling for the destruction of Israel, our government will feel more comfortable to disconnect them from Israeli electricity and water supply, and to let them rot in their self made swamp.
01-27-2006, 02:17 PM #22Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
I forget you are a Chechen...or so you say.
01-27-2006, 06:13 PM #23Originally Posted by kis55
01-27-2006, 06:52 PM #24
01-28-2006, 01:29 AM #25
01-28-2006, 06:52 AM #26
Enough with the bickering!
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