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  • Toomey: 'I think Gov. Romney's going to carry Pennsylvania'

    11/05/2012 1:00:46 PM PST · by Anti-Hillary · 53 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11-5-12 | Justin Sink
    Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) predicted Monday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would carry the state of Pennsylvania, pushing back against Obama campaign adviser David Plouffe's suggestion that GOP efforts in the state were a "desperate ploy" to find an alternative path to 270 electoral votes. But Toomey noted that in 2010, Republicans swept statewide offices in Pennsylvania, and he predicted a similar electorate for Tuesday's presidential vote. "If you take a look at what happened the last time Pennsylvanians went to the polls, which is 2010, Republicans swept," Toomey told CNN on "Starting Point." "I won a statewide office....
  • Pennsylvania Within Range for Mitt (Jay Cost Analysis)

    11/02/2012 5:37:55 PM PDT · by wolf24 · 12 replies
    TwitLonger ^ | Nov. 2, 2012 | Jay Cost
    The low-down on the Keystone State: Broad context: PA outside of Philly County has been trending red for 20 years. It has so far been checked by Dem turnout in Philly County, but Philly County's population has been flat. So turnout increases in the county are from turnout machines/enthusiasm alone. At some point, that could breakdown. So assume: (a) Total PA turnout is up 3% over 2008. Philly County comprises 11.5% of total PA electorate (similar to 2004, less than 2008). (b) Romney wins non-Philly county 54-46. (Slightly better than Bush '04, who won 52.5 to 47.5) Then: Obama MUST...
  • Poll: Romney surges in Pennsylvania

    10/09/2012 10:35:06 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 9, 2012 | Dave Boyer
    Mitt Romney's strong performance in the first presidential debate may have put Pennsylvania back in play, and closed the gap with President Obama in other battleground states. A Siena Research Institute Poll on Tuesday showed the Republican nominee trailing Mr. Obama by only three percentage points, 43 percent to 40 percent, in the Keystone State. Other polls prior to the debate had shown Mr. Obama with as much as a 12-point lead. "Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes suddenly appear to be up for grabs," said poll director Don Levy. "Romney not only has Republican support but now leads in vote-rich areas...
  • Romney Surging in PA (O 47 R 45)

    10/08/2012 3:51:52 PM PDT · by NoobRep · 30 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 10/8/12 | American Spectator
    Just in. The Susquehanna Poll (from the Susquehanna Polling and Research folks ) have just released their post-debate poll of Pennsylvania. Bottom line: Romney is suddenly surging, with Obama leading by a mere two points -- which is to say a "virtual dead heat." Concludes the poll: There is (my emphasis) "clear evidence the debates have helped solidify the Keystone State as a tossup election in November and one well within Romney's reach."
  • Mitt Romney's ‘secret:’ Pennsylvania is competitive

    09/28/2012 10:42:31 AM PDT · by kingattax · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 9/28/12 | DARREN SAMUELSOHN
    WAYNE, Pa. — Mitt Romney declared Pennsylvania a battleground during a mid-morning rally here Friday, despite public polls showing him well behind in the race for the state’s prized 20 electoral votes. “I’ve got a little secret here and that is that the Obama campaign thinks that Pennsylvania is in their pocket. They don’t need to worry about it,” Romney said during a visit to a military academy in the Philadelphia suburbs. “And you’re right and they’re wrong. We’re going to win Pennsylvania and we’re going to take the White House.”
  • PA Dems complain about GOP gerrymandering, have their own very gerrymandered map.

    12/14/2011 1:30:23 PM PST · by paman12 · 6 replies
    Dems Release Their Own Congressional Map Democrats have strongly criticized the congressional map unveiled yesterday by Harrisburg Republicans. Well-grounded accusations of partisanship fill the air. So Senate Democrats have released their own version. The caucus will introduce the map below as an amendment to SB 1249 at some point Wednesday. Since Republicans have the Governor’s mansion and majorities in the Pa. House and Senate, it’s unlikely to go anywhere. But it’s interesting to look at.The full map is below. Bless them for including municipal breakdowns. It raises an interesting question: can Dems still complain about gerrymandering when their maps looks...
  • Pennsylvania redistricting Plan a Coup for GOP

    Republicans notched a major redistricting win on Tuesday with the unveiling of a Pennsylvania congressional map that deals a sharp blow to Democrats’ prospects in the state. The GOP-drawn plan, released by a state legislative redistricting panel, forces two Democrats into an incumbent vs. incumbent face-off for a southwestern Pennsylvania-based seat and shores up more than a half-dozen House Republicans.
  • Former U.S. president Clinton says Middle East peace one of his great regrets

    03/07/2006 6:31:13 PM PST · by presidio9 · 84 replies · 1,153+ views
    Yahoo News & Canadian Press ^ | March 7, 2006 | DENE MOORE
    There is a whole Arab world that isn't mentioned in the news that is victimized by terrorists and religious fanatics, says former U.S. president Bill Clinton. It's also a world where there are many people dedicated to building a lasting peace, Clinton said during a speech in Montreal on Tuesday. Even the recent election of Hamas doesn't mean Palestinians support the violence and terrorism often linked to the extremist group, Clinton said. Palestinians don't want violence and Shariah law, he said. "Palestinians elected Hamas because they promised to make the buses run on time," Clinton told about 5,000 people who...
  • Hamas win may be good

    02/13/2006 9:13:44 AM PST · by Clive · 13 replies · 397+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2006-02-13 | Peter Worthington
    By inviting Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh to visit Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrust himself into the Palestinian debate. While Putin doesn’t consider Hamas a terrorist organization, as the U.S. does, it still begs the question as to whether Hamas’ stunning electoral victory is good or bad for Israel, good or bad for peace? Initial hysteria in some quarters over Hamas democratically winning electoral power has eased. It caught the world by surprise — except for Israel, where many had anticipated a Hamas win. In Israel and elsewhere, there is uncertainty about what it will mean to prospects of...
  • Outgoing PA parliament tightens Abbas' grip on gov't

    02/13/2006 7:32:07 AM PST · by Jack_1 · 3 replies · 256+ views
    The outgoing Palestinian parliament gave Mahmoud Abbas sweeping new powers Monday, just days before Hamas was to take control of the legislature. Legal expert Issam Abdeen said the new legislation would allow Abbas to "cancel any law approved by the new parliament on the pretext it is unconstitutional." Hamas spokesman Said Siyam said parliament had no right to make last-minute changes, and that Hamas would overturn the old parliament's decisions after the new legislature convenes Saturday. "The parliament has no mandate and no authority to issue any new legislation," he said, calling Monday's action "not legitimate."
  • Terror's Missing Link-The danger of legitimizing Hamas.

    02/13/2006 5:38:10 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 230+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | February 13, 2006 | Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and Alyssa A. Lappen
    President George W. Bush’s most recent reminder that the U.S. needs to fight the worldwide terrorism of the Islamists, ignored a major target and victim of this terrorism – Israel. In a February 9 speech at the National Guard Memorial Building, in Washington DC, the President noted many of the countries that have been the victims of Islamist terrorist attacks. As he had done repeatedly several times before, he mentioned: Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Turkey, Spain and England.  Conspicuously absent from the list is Israel. Yet, Israel was the first target of the Islamist terrorism, decades before this war...
  • You Get What You Vote For. What Does Hamas Get Us?

    02/04/2006 10:54:33 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 557+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2/5/6 | Abdallah Alsalmi
    Here in Gaza, we are holding our breath, waiting to see what the unprecedented victory of Hamas in our legislative elections will mean for us. The territory is quiet. Even the militants have taken a break from launching rockets or occupying government buildings. Ironically, the subdued atmosphere is a clear sign of the violent turmoil inside each and every Palestinian. But this unease is not focused on what attacks or retaliations might occur between Hamas and its avowed enemy, Israel. Instead, what I hear my neighbors and colleagues discussing is: How will Hamas govern without the support of international donors?...
  • Jimmy Carter: "Give Hammas a Chance"

    02/02/2006 3:43:21 PM PST · by HonduGOP · 83 replies · 1,554+ views
    Fox News Channel-Britt Hume | 2/2/06 | HonduGOP
    In Britt Hume's News show, Mr. Hume reported that former President Jimmy Carter is asking the U.S. Administration to "give Hammas a chance" because he is sure that the militant group "will renounce terrorism" (and become peaceful) once it forms a government. Furthermore, Jimmy Carter demands that we do not cut economic aid to the Hamas regime because the Palestinians will suffer for it.
  • The weakness in backing strongmen--Hamas' victory shows the folly of relying on tyrants

    02/02/2006 7:01:07 AM PST · by SJackson · 1 replies · 301+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 2-2-06 | Max Boot
    Hamas' victory in the Palestinian elections last week is widely seen as discrediting President Bush's desire to spread democracy. Actually, the electoral triumph of this pro-terrorist, anti-Western movement offers more evidence for the failure of the cynical approach that the United States pursued before Bush came into office — a pseudo-realistic policy of using supposedly benign dictators to repress Islamic extremists. That, after all, was the rationale behind the Oslo process: Israel and the U.S. would support Yasser Arafat in the hope that he would deliver peace and crack down on the crazies. Fat chance. Instead, his Fatah party gave...
  • Egypt Calls on Hamas to Recognize Israel

    02/01/2006 10:08:46 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 556+ views
    Yahoo and AP ^ | Wed Feb 1, 9:03 AM ET | SALAH NASRAWI, Associated Press Writer
    Two top Egyptian officials called on Hamas to recognize Israel, disarm and honor past peace deals Wednesday, the latest sign Arab governments are pushing the militant group to moderate after its surprise election victory. Separately, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official said that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has told Egyptian officials he would hold off on asking Hamas to form the next Palestinian government until Hamas renounces violence.The Israeli official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, cited Egyptian intelligence chief Omar Suleiman as saying that Abbas had made the decision after a meeting...
  • U.S. State Department to investigate failure to foresee Hamas victory

    02/01/2006 8:00:42 PM PST · by Sabramerican · 17 replies · 430+ views
    H a a r e t z ^ | 2/2/2006 | DPA
    U.S. State Department to investigate failure to foresee Hamas victory By DPA The United States is examining why it was caught off guard by Hamas' victory in Palestinian legislative elections last week, the U.S. State Department said Wednesday. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged earlier this week that she was surprised by Hamas's defeat of the Fatah party, which had dominated Palestinian politics for years. "She's asked her staff to look into that. Why is it that we didn't see this coming?" US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said. The United States designates Hamas, formally known as the Islamic...
  • Hamas Victory Has Brought Moment of Truth

    02/01/2006 5:45:39 PM PST · by BlueJ7 · 8 replies · 708+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | February 1, 2006 | By Ed Koch
    “I vow by the One who raised the seven layers to Heaven (i.e. Allah) and who has beheaded tyrants that the leader of America has been thoroughly humiliated. Our heroes have defended this place. They have entered legend. Killing the infidels is our religion, slaughtering them is our religion, until they convert to Islam or pay us tribute.”
  • The PA's debts

    01/31/2006 10:51:21 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies · 502+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1 February, 2006 | Editorial
    Since Hamas's landslide victory, a debate has ensued over whether Israel ought to continue to remit taxes it has been collecting on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, even though the PA will now be controlled by a terrorist organization openly committed to Israel's destruction. For just the payment scheduled for this month, some NIS 200 million has been collected, and for now the government seems to have decided not to transfer the funds to the PA. Unmentioned in our public discourse, however, are the vast funds owed by the PA to Israel. This situation antedates all recent upheavals. No sooner...
  • Jimmy Carter Goes Gaga in Gaza

    01/31/2006 8:31:49 AM PST · by seanmerc · 31 replies · 1,235+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | January 30, 2006 | Doug Powers
    Jimmy Carter goes gaga in Gaza By Doug Powers Posted: January 30, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern It's often been said that Jimmy Carter is a much better ex-president than he was president. If that was the case, it's no longer true - and that's hard to do. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president of the United States and current special ambassador to Everywhere, has spent the better part of a few decades practicing conflict resolution on the world. Jimmy has attempted to mediate settlements from the Israeli-Palestinian fight to the Jessica Simpson-Nick Lachey marriage, and traveled to all unmopped corners of...
  • Now Fatah Demands a State from the Jordan to the Mediterranean

    01/31/2006 7:04:11 AM PST · by Esther Ruth · 31 replies · 784+ views
    www.arutzsheva.net ^ | 16:16 Jan 31, '06 / 2 Shevat 5766 | Scott Shiloh
    Now Fatah Demands a State from the Jordan to the Mediterranean 16:16 Jan 31, '06 / 2 Shevat 5766 By Scott Shiloh The military wing of the Fatah party, the Al-Aksa Brigades, in a post-election effort to outflank the Hamas, says it will step up its terror offensive against Israel. The group will attempt to drum up public support for more violence against Israel by emphasizing the need to “liberate all of historic Palestine from the [Jordan] river to the [Mediterranean] Sea.” As political leaders in Israel and around the world lament the fall of the Fatah and the rise...
  • Rice Admits U.S. Underestimated Hamas Strength

    01/30/2006 10:35:05 AM PST · by Sabramerican · 75 replies · 1,151+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 30, 2006 | STEVEN R. WEISMAN
    Rice Admits U.S. Underestimated Hamas Strength By STEVEN R. WEISMAN LONDON, Jan. 29 — Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged Sunday that the United States had failed to understand the depth of hostility among Palestinians toward their longtime leaders. The hostility led to an election victory by the militant group Hamas that has reduced to tatters crucial assumptions underlying American policies and hopes in the Middle East. "I've asked why nobody saw it coming," Ms. Rice said, speaking of her own staff. "It does say something about us not having a good enough pulse." ....... Indeed, Hamas's victory has set...
  • Democratic Disaster?

    01/30/2006 8:17:03 AM PST · by Valin · 12 replies · 1,030+ views
    American Enterprise Online ^ | 1/30/06 | Alan Dowd
    A year ago this time, it appeared as if freedom, at long last, was working its miracles in the stubborn sands of the Arab world. The Purple Thumb Revolution was sweeping through Iraq; Palestinians had given Mahmoud Abbas a resounding democratic mandate; and the Cedar Revolution was primed to push Syria’s puppets out of Lebanon. With a mix of worry and wonder, Fouad Ajami played Middle East meteorologist and concluded, “Now, the Arabs, grasping for a new world, and the Americans, who have helped usher in this unprecedented moment, together ride this storm wave of freedom.” Last week, the storm...
  • Jimmy Carter: At Least Hamas Is Not Corrupt

    01/30/2006 6:11:23 AM PST · by FerdieMurphy · 62 replies · 1,575+ views
    Sierra Times ^ | 1/27/2006 | Jim Kouri, CPP
    When asked by the media for his thoughts on the Hamas triumph in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, former President Jimmy Carter replied that while they have a terrorist past, at least they're not corrupt. One of the complaints by many in the Middle East was the corruption within the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat's Fatah Party. Arafat himself squirreled away millions of dollars from aid packages that were intended to help the Palestinian people. However, Carter's comment appears to dismiss the years of death and destruction perpetrated by Hamas on the Jewish State. And now the fundamental-Islamic group Hamas triumphed...
  • Ho-Hum, Hamas Won

    01/30/2006 5:46:55 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies · 383+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1-30-06 | Ellen W. Horowitz
    "Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty." -- Plato Please world, spare me the shocking reactions and earthshaking headline stuff. I don't think the average Israeli man or woman in the street was very surprised, nor was your average international diplomat. Surely, President George Bush and members of the US and Israeli governments should wipe that astonished look off of their faces. After all, for more than a decade, Israeli prime ministers, US presidents, and members of the National Security Council, the US Department of State,...
  • Electing Terror

    01/30/2006 4:11:28 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 10 replies · 363+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 30 january 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    Now that Hamas has apparently won the Palestinian elections, the West is hoist with its own petard. On the one hand, Hamas is a terrorist group that unabashedly targets Israeli civilians and calls for the elimination of the Jewish state. On the other hand, it just won what observers deem to have been a reasonably fair election, and so enjoys the legitimacy that comes from the ballot box. Every foreign ministry now confronts a dilemma: Nudge it to moderation or give up on it as irredeemably extremist? Meet with Hamas members or avoid them? Continue to donate to the Palestinian...
  • Jimmy Carter: At Least Hamas Isn't Corrupt [ Barf Alert ]

    01/29/2006 9:43:24 PM PST · by george76 · 140 replies · 5,438+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | January 28, 2006 | Jim Kouri
    When asked by the media for his thoughts on the Hamas triumph in the Palestinian parliamentary elections, former President Jimmy Carter replied that while they have a terrorist past, at least they're not corrupt. One of the complaints by many in the Middle East was the corruption within the Palestinian Authority and Yasser Arafat's Fatah Party. Arafat himself squirreled away millions of dollars from aid packages that were intended to help the Palestinian people. However, Carter's comment appears to dismiss the years of death and destruction perpetrated by Hamas on the Jewish State. One of the first statements made by...
  • Cut off U.S., U.N. Aid (Dick Morris)

    01/29/2006 7:40:01 PM PST · by Gordongekko909 · 20 replies · 1,181+ views
    vote.com ^ | January 27, 2006 | Dick Morris
    The Palestinian people have delivered a resounding vote against peace —calling, in their election, for a continuation of the savage and sanguinary war against Israel. This sharp reversal in the peace process should not go without a vigorous response from Washington.
  • Election result poses dilemma for Bush in his war on terror

    01/29/2006 6:42:47 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 59 replies · 912+ views
    Financial Times (London) ^ | 1/30/2006 | Guy Dinmore and Roula Khalaf
    The Bush administration's promotion of democracy forms the core of US foreign policy. It was the pillar of President George W. Bush's second inaugural address a year ago and, officials say, will be reiterated in his State of the Union address tomorrow night. But having assisted Hamas - listed as a terrorist group by the US - to power through elections Washington insisted should take place, the Bush administration is now in a dilemma in the "war on terror". Does it cut off institutional aid to the Palestinians and thus choke the democratic evolution? And, more broadly, does the US...
  • Hamas' conservative brand of Islam stirs worry among Palestinians

    01/29/2006 6:24:33 PM PST · by Pikamax · 11 replies · 542+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers ^ | 01/29/06 | Dion Nissenbaum
    Hamas' conservative brand of Islam stirs worry among Palestinians By Dion Nissenbaum Knight Ridder Newspapers JIFNA, West Bank - For more than 40 years, Michel Tabash has made a living selling whiskey, beer, vodka and wine at his small family restaurant nestled in this Christian town between olive groves and a Palestinian refugee camp. The restaurant has survived war, Israeli occupation and the economy-draining Palestinian intifada, or uprising, which forced the family to shutter its doors for nearly four years. Now, 18 months after reopening, Tabash is worried that he may be forced out of business again - this time...
  • Hamas, Like Fatah, Wants all of Palestine.

    01/29/2006 5:30:41 PM PST · by calpilot · 6 replies · 335+ views
    CNS News ^ | January 27, 2006 | Patrick Goodenough
    Hamas, Like Fatah, Wants All of 'Palestine' By Patrick Goodenough CNSNews.com International Editor January 27, 2006 (CNSNews.com) - A Hamas leader said late Thursday that the terrorist group's victory in the Palestinian legislative elections would "complete the liberation of other parts of Palestine." Ismail Haniyeh, addressing a victory press conference, did not elaborate, but his pledge echoes the covenant adopted by Hamas at its founding in 1988. "The day that enemies usurp part of Muslim land, jihad becomes the individual duty of every Muslim," reads article 15 of the Hamas Charter. "In face of the Jews' usurpation of Palestine, it...
  • Saudi Arabia promised $100m Hamas-PA could buy time

    01/29/2006 3:53:20 PM PST · by zyaakov · 15 replies · 575+ views
    Saudi Arabia could bail the Palestinian Authority out of an impending fiscal crisis following the landslide victory of Hamas if it transfers the $100 million to the Palestinian Authority that it pledged to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas when he visited there in late December. In addition to bailing out the PA, the money would also give Israel and the world more time to ponder how to deal with the PA following Wednesday's Hamas victory. According to western diplomatic sources, Saudi Arabia pledged the money to Abbas because the European Union refused to transfer payment of some $60 million in November...
  • Only the right can [Only the Left can Delude Itself so Completely]

    01/29/2006 3:31:56 PM PST · by Alouette · 7 replies · 647+ views
    Am-Haaretz ^ | Jan. 29, 2006 | Gideon Levy
    The good news from the occupied territories is that Hamas won the elections. As opposed to what the chorus of national intimidation - speaking in one voice from Benjamin Netanyahu to Ami Ayalon - is saying, the political change in Palestine could be good news. Not that the victory of an extremist religious organization is not without dangers and problems, and that a secular, moderate and uncorrupt movement would have been preferable. But, in its absence, one can find quite a few points of light in the Hamas victory. First, these are very authentic results, achieved through elections that were...
  • US won't cut PA ties if Hamas in cabinet

    01/29/2006 3:12:31 PM PST · by notes2005 · 21 replies · 616+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/29/06 | HERB KEINON
    The US won't deal with Hamas ministers in a future Palestinian Authority government, but will also not cut off ties with the PA as a result of Hamas's inclusion, diplomatic officials said Monday. According to the officials, the US formula for dealing with a PA government following Wednesday's elections would be based on the "Lebanese model." In Lebanon, the officials said, the US continues to have strong ties with the government in Beirut even though Hizbullah is part of it. It does not, however, have any contact with the one Hizbullah minister. The officials said that since Hamas was on...
  • $100m promised to PA by Saudi Arabia could buy time

    01/29/2006 3:07:44 PM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 839+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1/29/6 | HERB KEINON
    Saudi Arabia could bail the Palestinian Authority out of an impending fiscal crisis following the landslide victory of Hamas if it transfers the $100 million to the Palestinian Authority that it pledged to PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas when he visited there in late December. In addition to bailing out the PA, the money would also give Israel and the world more time to ponder how to deal with the PA following Wednesday's Hamas victory. According to western diplomatic sources, Saudi Arabia pledged the money to Abbas because the European Union refused to transfer payment of some $60 million in November...
  • EDITORIAL: Why Hamas must not be recognized

    01/29/2006 1:16:44 PM PST · by Clive · 18 replies · 497+ views
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2006-01-29 | (editorial page)
    EDITORIAL: Why Hamas must not be recognizedPrime minister-elect Stephen Harper responded exactly as he should have to last week’s shocking victory of the terrorist group Hamas in the Palestinian elections. He said Canada “supports a secure Israel and a democratic Palestine. But for a nation to be truly democratic, that nation must renounce the use of terrorism.” Precisely. It is Harper’s now-defunct Alliance party that Canadians have to thank for this sensible view. The Alliance succeeded in pressuring the previous Liberal government in 2002 to declare Hamas a terrorist organization. Prior to that, the Liberals couldn’t bring themselves do it,...
  • Hamas faces EU threat to cut Palestinian aid (Angela Merkel speaks for EU?)

    01/29/2006 12:59:35 PM PST · by Cornpone · 13 replies · 577+ views
    Reuters (via Swissinfo) ^ | 29 January 2006 | Louis Charbonneau
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The European Union could not fund a Hamas-run Palestinian Authority if it did not renounce violence and recognise Israel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Israel on Sunday. It was the most explicit threat to cut aid from Europe, the biggest donor to the Palestinians, since Islamic militant group Hamas won a shock victory in parliamentary elections last week. The United States has also threatened to block funding. Hamas, expected to form the new government, denounces Western threats to cut aid as blackmail and has rejected calls to disarm and end its formal commitment to destroy Israel....
  • The anatomy of Hamas's victory

    01/29/2006 12:58:40 PM PST · by Sabramerican · 13 replies · 581+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | Jan. 26, 2006 | Caroline Glick
    Column One: The anatomy of Hamas's victory Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Jan. 26, 2006 Yesterday we awoke to a new reality: Hamas is the official leader of the Palestinian Authority and - thanks to the US and Israeli governments - the official representative of Arab Jerusalemites. If before Wednesday's poll Hamas concentrated its efforts in conducting its terror war against Israel and indoctrinating Palestinian society to support jihad, now the terror group will continue with its previous activities as the official, popularly elected government of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas's rise to political leadership and the significance of its ascendancy...
  • Hamas Won't Renounce Violence

    01/29/2006 10:39:58 AM PST · by stm · 53 replies · 754+ views
    Fox News ^ | Sunday, January 29, 2006 | AP
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Following their resounding election victory, the Islamic militants of Hamas met the question of whether they will change their stripes with a loud "no": no recognition of Israel, no negotiations, no renunciation of terror.
  • Daniel Pipes: Region not ripe for democracy

    01/29/2006 12:32:31 PM PST · by Dark Skies · 58 replies · 1,377+ views
    The Australian ^ | 1/30/2006 | Daniel Pipes
    NOW that Hamas has apparently won the Palestinian elections, the West is hoist with its own petard. On the one hand, Hamas is a terrorist group that unabashedly targets Israeli civilians and calls for the elimination of the Jewish state. On the other hand, it just won what observers deem to have been a reasonably fair election, and so enjoys the legitimacy that comes from the ballot box. Every foreign ministry now confronts a dilemma: nudge Hamas to moderation or give up on it as irredeemably extremist? Meet Hamas members or avoid them? Continue to donate to the Palestinian Authority...
  • Give them the money [Delusional, Useless Idiot Alert]

    01/29/2006 9:57:17 AM PST · by Alouette · 16 replies · 537+ views
    Am-Haaretz ^ | Jan. 29, 2006 | Zvi Barel
    The American administration has an excellent excuse: It is prohibited by law from providing aid to a government that includes members from a terror organization, so the Palestinian government that will include Hamas members will not enjoy American aid. It's an excuse, since it is possible to aid such a government in indirect ways, if that's what the donor wants. Money can be moved to non-government organizations, to pay off the Palestinian Authority debts to Israel by paying companies like the Electric Corp. directly; in short, just as President Bush decided in 2003 to suspend the law that prohibits direct...
  • Hamas victory is good news

    01/29/2006 6:25:13 AM PST · by Flifuss · 6 replies · 315+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | January 29, 2006 | Jeff Jacoby
    WESTERN reactions to the outcome of the Palestinian election last week came in two varieties: highly negative and decidedly undecided.....Well, put me in a third camp: I think the sweeping Hamas victory is by far the best result that could have been hoped for. I say that not because Hamas is anything other than a blood-drenched terrorist group, but because its lopsided win is an unambiguous reality check into the nature of Palestinian society. And if there is one thing that the West badly needs, it is more realism and less delusion about the Palestinians.
  • Fatah, Israel and Hamas—Bush Doesn’t Have A Clue [From State Dept Advisor]

    01/29/2006 7:23:31 AM PST · by SJackson · 100 replies · 2,138+ views
    Fatah, Israel and Hamas—Bush Doesn’t Have A Clue Sam Hamod, Ph.D. January 27, 2006 President Bush has shown his global ignorance once again. Though an intelligent former president on the ground, Jimmy Carter, said this was a fair election and that aid to Palestine should be continued—GW still doesn’t get it. Hamas’ rise to power is not that of a "terrorist group," but a group that represents the Palestinian people who are sick and tired of the Israel and American continually focusing on the "process talks," but never getting any decisions that fair to Palestinians, and people who are sick...
  • Palestinians Have Spoken (islam is incompatible w/the rule of law)

    01/29/2006 7:27:35 AM PST · by Dark Skies · 54 replies · 2,518+ views
    FaithFreedom.org ^ | 01/29/2006 | Ali Sina
    Over four years ago, the world was flabbergasted to watch ululating Palestinians rejoice and cheer for the death of thousands of Americans in 9/11. Despite that the Americans did not hold grudges against them and kept pouring into their coffers one billion dollars a year. The Palestinians rely on two external sources of income: Israeli-collected taxes on Palestinian goods and aid that comes primarily from USA and Europe . They depend on these handouts, without which they won't be able to survive. The election results of last week show that the anti American and pro terrorist sentiment among the Palestinians...
  • Democracy's Double Standard

    01/29/2006 7:03:53 AM PST · by Daralundy · 11 replies · 686+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | January 28, 2006 | HOSSEIN DERAKHSHAN
    THE day before Iran's ninth presidential elections last June, President Bush sent a discouraging message to potential voters. Iran's electoral process "ignores the basic requirements of democracy," Mr. Bush declared, and these elections would be "sadly consistent" with the country's "oppressive record." For Iranians, there was no mistaking the American president's point: he was tacitly sanctioning the call that some Iranian exiles and activists had issued for an election boycott, based on exactly this logic. An American administration that had called on other Middle Eastern populaces to vote in flawed elections greeted the Iranian electoral process with nothing but open...
  • Does Bush Doctrine lead to Islamism? [US needs to talk to Hamas]

    01/29/2006 6:40:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 80 replies · 1,681+ views
    Pittsurghlive ^ | January 28, 2006 | Pat Buchanan
    The neoconservatives who dreamed up the Bush Doctrine -- promoting "democracy" would be the U.S. mission in the Middle East -- may be about to hold yet another "Seconds Thoughts" conference. Certainly, Israel must be having second thoughts on the folly of having yielded to U.S. pressure and allowed Hamas to participate in elections. For Hamas, which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel and employs suicide-bomb attacks on civilians, has just won a sweeping political and moral victory in Palestine. Freedom and democracy are on the march, says President Bush. Perhaps. But there is no doubt Islamism is on...
  • Palestine Is Not Like Canada

    01/29/2006 6:39:36 AM PST · by billorites · 6 replies · 767+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | January 29, 2006 | David Warren
    After the first TV reports that their party would win the Canadian election, Conservative campaign workers began smashing windows in the Parliament Buildings, and in government offices around Ottawa. They roved through the corridors, beating up clerks and civil servants suspected of having Liberal Party connexions. From St John’s to Victoria, both winning and losing Conservative candidates took to the streets, leading heavily armed supporters in ski-masks, followed by millions of happy, cheering, banner-waving CPC voters, dressed in toques and scarves. Merchants and homeowners raced to get Liberal and NDP signs out of view, as the Tory hordes marched through...
  • Some Palestinians See End of Secular Dream

    01/28/2006 10:39:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 600+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/29/6 | Scott Wilson
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank -- The worshipers overflowed the mosque on Manger Square, covering the rain-slick stones with rows of prayer rugs and parked cars. At the center, surrounded by kneeling men, stood a showy symbol of their triumphant week: a van bristling with the green banners of Hamas. Here in the cradle of Christianity, the radical Palestinian movement that favors creation of an Islamic state won every parliamentary seat on Wednesday's ballot except those reserved for Christian candidates -- a lopsided victory duplicated in such secular strongholds as Jerusalem and Ramallah on the organization's way to a majority in the...
  • Wake up and smell the gun powder

    01/29/2006 6:24:27 AM PST · by SJackson · 3 replies · 236+ views
    Israpundit ^ | 1-29-06 | Ted Belman
    Under no conditions should Israel talk to the PA particularly now that Hamas is the party in power. It doesn’t matter if Hamas or Fatah change their charters. It doesn’t matter if they agree to forgo violence. It doesn’t matter what else they might agree to. What matters is that they don’t want peace but victory. While the world carries on like there is a peace process, in reality there is a war process only. To test this thesis I suggest you look for any evidence that suggests we have moved closer to peace rather then to war since the...
  • We are never going to recognise Israel: Hamas leader-We can reach out to them with long-term hudna

    01/29/2006 6:15:16 AM PST · by SJackson · 27 replies · 870+ views
    DNA India ^ | 1-29-06
    LONDON: Mahmoud Zahar, the joint leader of Hamas which has been voted to power in last week's Palestinian election, has ruled out recognising Israel. "We are not going to recognize Israel," Zahar said in an interview published in the Sunday Telegraph on Sunday, putting paid to suggestions that Hamas may alter its 1988 charter calling for the destruction of the Jewish state. But he added: "We can reach out to them with a long-term hudna (truce)." In the interview given in Gaza city, Zahar also called on the world to recognise Hamas. "The outside world must not fear us," he...
  • Shah Nostalgia?: As Foreign Policy, MSM Decidedly Down on Democracy

    01/29/2006 5:56:12 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 21 replies · 635+ views
    Today Show/NewsBusters | 1-29-06 | Mark Finkelstein.
    Remember the good old days, when Democrats and their friends in the MSM would regularly bash Republican administrations for doing business with less-than-democratic, even unsavory foreign governments and their leaders? From the Shah of Iran, to Marcos in the Phillipines, Suharto in Indonesia, Pinochet in Chile and a variety of strong men, authoritarians and tinpots in between, liberals lambasted Republican presidents for "coddling dictators" and doing nothing to promote freedom and democracy. It seems the MSM has overhauled its ordre du jour [to use a phrase one might hear in, oh, Davos, Switzerland]. At least when it comes to those...