Saturday, October 01, 2005

Hamas in the Elections

Ariel Sharon recently said that Israel would oppose and work against the holding of the January elections if Hamas was allowed to participate. The Sharon government is now backing off these statements do to pressure being put on them by the US and other countries.

This type of pressure has become the signiture of the Bush Administration in its' second term. In the first term, the 'peace process' consisted of a hands-off policy. Since the inaguration, the administration has been putting an increasing amount of pressure on the Sharon government. This really bothers me, not in that the administration is taking an active interest in the Middle East, but that they are encouraging Israel to do something that the US government would not do in the same situation. If this were the current situation in Iraq, the Bush Administration would certainly not be allowing members of Al Qa'eda or other known terrorist group to be involved in the election, but seems to be willing to let Hamas do it.

Arutz Sheva

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