Monday, January 30, 2006

Hamas and Funding

Hamas already seems to be worried about whether the Palestinian Authority will continue to receive funding from the EU and the US once Hamas takes effective control of the legislature. Note that Ismail Haniyeh, the top candidate on Hamas' national list, said that Hamas "needs foreign assistance to carry out its agenda, which he said would focus on fighting corruption and respecting human rights. He declined to answer questions about whether the group would recognize Israel, and if so under what terms." I don't expect, nor should anyone else, Hamas to quickly repudiate its violent past or its stated intent to destroy Israel. The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding. Expect to see Hamas continue to observe the cease-fire and to move towards opening diplomatic relations with Israel, the US, and the EU.

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