Hamas fares well in Palestinian local elections

Friday, September 30, 2005 | 
The Islamic terrorist group Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of Israel, won 28 percent of the vote in Palestinian local elections in Judea and Samaria. The Fatah faction, which supports the peace process, took 61 percent, according to unofficial results. The polls set the stage for Hamas to join the government after landmark parliamentary elections in January. But Israel says Hamas terrorists belong in jail, not in government. "There cannot be a situation where one party utilizes the ballot and another the bullet,” said Israel’s top dove, Vice Premier Shimon Peres. “No free democratic election can be conducted in this manner."

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