January 27, 2006
The Palestinians had an election and the terrorist group, Hamas, gained the most. If there is now a Palestinian state alongside Israel it is likely to be a terrorist state.
This is no surprise to me as I have said all along that elections can bring bad results. It doesn’t do much good for the bush administration to say it won’t deal with Hamas if Hamas is effectively running the Palestinian government.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abas will remain head of the Palestinian authority and the official negotiator with Israel, but this is window dressing. Hamas will be calling the shots from behind the scenes as well as firing literal shots and detonating bombs every chance it gets.
Why weren’t they believed when they said repeatedly they would destroy Israel? A taste of democracy has given them an appetite for dictatorship. If Hamas runs things, there won’t be any more elections. There will be another terrorist state in the region, doing business with the mad Iranian leader.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.