I know we are supposed to be all happy about this but frankly it scares the begeezus outta me. I know exactly what Hamas is doing, gaining a firm foothold on the people and land of Gaza and the territories. No I do not believe for a nanosecond that their intentions are honorable.
Just the opposite..............Hamas intends to take over "Palestine" (*spit*) and launch a terrible war against Israel, stupid they are not. Israel, providing them with those very tools, on the other hand....................
Hamas officials recently elected in PA municipal council elections are holding regular contacts with IDF liaison and coordination officers, a senior military official told Israel Radio Monday. The contacts are confined to local issues such as commerce, electricity, water and sewage, and do not deal with diplomatic issues, the radio said. West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yusif confirmed the talks, saying, "There is no alternative to being in contact with the Israelis when we are speaking of ongoing civilian affairs for the sake of the welfare of the inhabitants." (Ha'aretz)
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Voters in the West Bank and Gaza are handing a sizable share of power to a group that many U.S. and Israeli leaders associate more closely with terrorism than with political reform. Yet in communities across Gaza and the West Bank, Islamic politicians are earning wide support using old-fashioned tactics valued the world over: fixing potholes, picking up garbage, and turning on streetlights. (Washington Post)
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