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Old 01-29-2006, 07:00 PM   #46
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Last year Palestinians killed more Palestinians than Israelis killed Palestinians, it has been heading towards a civil war for a good long while.

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Old 01-29-2006, 07:01 PM   #47
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Here's hoping that Palestinians choose to form a new party next time, instead of voting for Hamas if they dislike Fatah. Of course, this presumes that Sharia law allows for elections...


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You might just get your wish (should there be more elections)
Nearly three-quarters of Palestinians want the newly elected Hamas movement to drop its call for the destruction of Israel.

This came in an opinion poll released by the Ram Allah-based Near East Consulting Institute on Monday.

The survey also found that 84% of those surveyed in the West Bank and Gaza Strip want a peace agreement with Israel while 86% want Mahmoud Abbas, the moderate Palestinian Authority president, to remain in his post.
Rather than indicate backing for Hamas's hard-line tactics, the survey found that 73% of respondents believed that Hamas should "change its position on the elimination of the state of Israel".

Not only did an overall 84% support a peace agreement with Israel, but 77% of Hamas voters also wanted a settlement.
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Saudi rejects Rice on Hamas

Wed Feb 22, 2006 11:56 PM GMT14

By Saul Hudson

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia deepened a U.S.-Arab split over Hamas on Wednesday, joining Egypt's rejection of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's appeal for neighbours to deny aid to a Palestinian government led by the militant group.

Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest donors to the Palestinians, warned against the U.S. position of stopping aid before seeing what policies the anti-Israel group adopts in government.

And Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said at a late night news conference with Rice that all aid to Palestinians should be based only on humanitarian needs.

That contrasts with the United States, which has said it will continue humanitarian aid but cut off assistance to a government led by a group it considers a terrorist organisation.

"The kingdom affirmed its complete commitment to avoid jumping to make prejudgments," he said.

"(Saudi Arabia) hopes that international aid for the Palestinian people should be linked only with the pressing humanitarian need of this people," he said.

Stopping aid for a sewerage system infrastructure, which is the sort of project the United States wants to be starved of funding, was effectively denying Palestinians humanitarian help, he added.

Saudi Arabia's rejection comes a day after Rice was similarly rebuffed by another Arab ally, Egypt, which is a key regional influence on positions towards the Palestinians even though it is not a large donor.

She heads to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday for a meeting with ministers from Gulf countries and was expected to hear the same.

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