Sunday, September 18, 2005

A New Democracy

Uncle Ariel has made statements about Israel not helping to facilitate the PA elections in January if Hamas is going to be participating in the elections.

Mahmoud Abbas has basically told Uncle Ariel to mind his own business.

The fact that I find most interesting about all of this. Well several months ago, I was in a discussion in the comment section of a blog (Don't remember which on though I think it was on Jewschool, and I don't remember with whom now.) about the 'factors' of the situation with Israel and the PA and the Disengagement. In this discussion I threw out the fact that the situation was completely stupid being that theoretically the Oslo Accords were still in effect and that the PA had refused to ever live up to there side of the Accords.

Why do I bring all of this up now? These two paragraphs from the attached article:
Not true, states Alex Safian, associate director of Camera, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America. He writes that Sharon's demand is nothing more than a long-standing Oslo Accord clause obligating the Palestinian Authority. Annex 2 of the Interim Agreement, for example, clearly requires the PA to bar terror groups such as Hamas from the electoral process. It states, "The nomination of any candidates, parties or coalitions will be refused [and] canceled, if such candidates, parties or coalitions: (1) commit or advocate racism; or (2) pursue the implementation of their aims by unlawful or nondemocratic means."

Another thing that really pisses me off about this situation "Abbas has promised to rein in terrorism, but actually signed a deal with Hamas recently that did not require the group's disarming." So this bring me to a final point. How can we deal with a group of people, any group of people, if we can't trust that they will do the basic things that they agree they will do?

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