The Hamas Headache

Singh, Ranjit
March 2006
Middle East Report;Spring2006, Issue 238, p8
Academic Journal
The article takes on a look on the participation of Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic militant organization and political party, in the January 2006's Legislative Council elections in Palestine, which caused headaches to foreign policymakers and international election monitors. In the Herzliya Conference, Hamas campaign adviser and professor Nashat Aqtash stresses that the party would take a responsible position if it assumed a major place in government. However, Jimmy Carter of the National Democratic Institute, together with other foreign delegates, did not believe Aqtash's version. They stress that Hama's participation would jeopardize U.S. aid to the Palestine Authority, dampen hopes for reviving the defunct peace process and intensify Israel's security dilemma.


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