Monday, January 30, 2006


Guardian Hamas will make a deal Azzam Tamimi: If Israel withdraws from the territories it occupied in 1967, the movement will end armed resistance.
Analysis: Wave of democracy pits Israel against 'Arab street'
The Daily Star Hamas' triumph is a real opportunity By Rami G. Khouri, It has been particularly fascinating for me to be in the United States this week to watch the reactions to the dramatic victory by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in Wednesday's parliamentary elections. Media and official comments both indicate that the historic nature of what has just happened in Palestine is unlikely to be grasped in the U.S.
The Daily StarA predictable victory in a failed Palestinian state By Shlomo Avineri, The victory of the fundamentalist Hamas in the Palestinian elections will have far-reaching consequences for the region, some totally unexpected. Two aspects, however, are already visible. The Hamas victory is, first and foremost, an indication of the total failure of the traditional Palestinian leadership to create a body politic.
Hamas faces European aid threat The EU will not fund the Palestinian Authority under Hamas if it does not recognise Israel, Germany's leader says.
BBC Gun-to-ballot Hamas's electoral success sparks soul-searching
Israelis Seek to Isolate Palestinian Authority Officials Urge Aid Boycott if Hamas Takes Role
Rice Rules Out Aiding Hamas-Led Government By Kevin Sullivan, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the United States would not provide financial assistance to a Palestinian government run by Hamas
Al-Ahram Hamas victory redraws political map of Middle East Hamas swept to victory over the long-dominant Fatah party on Thursday in Palestinian parliamentary polls, and Israel immediately ruled out talks with any government involving the Islamic militant group
Al-Ahram A vote for change Palestinians go to the polls in the hope that their lives will change for the better, writes Graham Usher in Gaza City
Dar Al-Hayat "Hamas" and the Burden of Victory Ghassan Charbel - The whole world woke up yesterday to a huge, rocking blast, rather an earthquake - a depiction not the least overstated! Indeed, the near and remote capitals have received this news with a mix of shock and confusion.
Dar Al-Hayat Palestine: A Democratic Achievement…What Next? Maher Othman - The international and local observers attested to the integrity of the Palestinian legislative elections, which took place in a peaceful and organized atmosphere. Yesterday, "Hamas" partisans made a mistake by raising the flag of their movement at the Palestinian legislative council in Ramallah instead of the Palestinian flag. It was not a good start.
Gulf News Embark on policy of pragmatism
Hamas and the world community cannot ignore each other
Gulf News Test for Islamic parties
The Palestinian elections have emerged as an unprecedented experiment in modern Arab politics.
Al-Ahram The roots of Sharon's legacy Israel's policy towards the Palestinians was not only forged out of the experiences of European Jews at the hands of Nazi Germany, but it also replicates the brutality, writes Salman Abu Sitta
Hamas: The hardliners appear ready to share power, but will their rivals believe it?
Israeli ex-spy chief: Kill Hamas leaders
Jerusalem Post Hamas spells trouble for Egypt, Jordan By ORLY HALPERN These friends of the US (and Israel) are under the most pressure to follow US democratization plans.
Saudi Arabia promises PA $100mExclusive: Could compensate for money held back by Israel, EU after Hamas win
Israeli right may make gains
Hamas's victory is likely to influence parliamentary elections slated for March.
Despite Victory by Hamas, Control of Palestinian Security Forces Remains Uncertain
DAVID BROOKS The Long Transition Palestine is entering the most traumatic phase in its democratic transition, when a revolutionary people is compelled to transform itself into an ordinary polity.
Now the real test for HamasPalestine's majority party must swap terrorism for political strategies. Then perhaps real progress can be made towards peace.
KR Hamas' conservative brand of Islam stirs worry among Palestinians
Can Hamas Be Tamed? - Michael Herzog, Foreign Affairs
The World: How Hamas Rose From Wild Card to Power
Newsweek What Hamas Won: A Mess It Can’t Fix?
The Hamas revolution Peter Beaumont
Leader Victory for Hamas is a protest, not a call to armsFew states in the Middle East can boast elections peacefully conducted, with a high turnout and international recognition for fairness.
Fatah Protesters Demand Resignation of Faction Leaders By GREG MYRE, Gunmen and police officers affiliated with the defeated Fatah movement staged angry protests on Saturday, firing rifles into the air outside the Palestinian presidential compound in Ramallah and marching on the parliament buildings in Gaza and the West Bank.
In Hamas' s Overt Hatred, Many Israelis See Hope By IAN FISHER, Arie Schmidt stopped on Saturday to place a pebble on the memorial to the 21 dead at the Dolphinarium disco, killed in a suicide bombing by Hamas in 2001. The dead were mostly teenagers.
Hamas Leader Sees No Change Toward Israelis By STEVEN ERLANGER, The exiled political head of Hamas said that the radical Islamic group would not " submit to pressure to recognize Israel."
FT Olmert sees support for boycott of Hamas
Ehud Olmert, acting Israeli prime minister, said he had received wide international support for his decision to boycott the Palestinians if the new government formed included the victorious Hamas movement
Israel Rules Out Contact With Hamas By JOSEF FEDERMAN, Israel's acting prime minister on Sunday ruled out contacts with a Palestinian government led by Hamas unless the Islamic group......
Israel, Germany Agree on Hamas Refusal By ARON HELLER, Israel and Germany agreed Sunday that there should be no contacts with a Palestinian government headed by Hamas, the leaders of the......
Syria to Grant 300,000 Kurds Citizenship
The Dialogue in Lebanon
Abdullah Iskandar - Dialogue between the Lebanese sides remains the internal safety valve, regardless of its mechanisms and level, and the goals each side seeks.
Al-Ahram Ahmadinejad meets Al-Assad Syrians welcome the Iranian president to Damascus, taking heart from his show of solidarity and offering reciprocal support, writes Sami Moubayed
Al-Ahram Three become one The tripartite alliance of Syria, Hizbullah and Tehran will only get stronger in the absence of the broader Arab nation, writes Mustafa El-Labbad
Bush's Choice on Iran By Jackson Diehl, Would the Bush administration rather live with the consequences of a nuclear-armed Iran or an American strike against Iranian nuclear facilities?
BBC EU hosts last-ditch talks on Iran
The EU is set to hold urgent talks with Iran to try to resolve a stand-off over its nuclear programme.
The long road to Iran sanctions
Q&A: Iran's nuclear stand-off
Views in the streets of Tehran


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