The World Is Watching

(Ha'aretz) Danny Rubinstein - Almost all of the Palestinians interviewed expressed confidence that Hamas will now agree to a long period of calm. There were also quite a few who saw Hamas's victory as a disaster. "Not a disaster for you, the Israelis, but a disaster for us, the Palestinians," said Ghassan Al-Khatib, the outgoing Palestinian planning minister. The Palestinian public and its leaders already know that the struggle against Israel for the attainment of their national goal is not a military one. The weapon of terrorism is ineffective, and it is condemned by virtually the entire world. Only the understanding and support of the international community, first and foremost Europe and the U.S., can lead the Palestinians to victory. And only financial aid from other countries enables them to exist.

2006-01-30 00:00:00

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