U.S. Congress Calls to Ban Terrorist Groups from PA Elections

(Globes) Ran Dagoni - On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 397-17 that terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, should not be permitted to participate in Palestinian elections until such organizations recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state, cease incitement, condemn terrorism, and disarm and dismantle their terrorist infrastructure. The resolution further stated that Hamas' or any other terrorist group's inclusion into the Palestinian governing structure will inevitably raise serious U.S. policy considerations, potentially undermining the ability of the U.S. to provide financial assistance and conduct normal relations with the PA. Progress in the peace process requires sustained Palestinian effort to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, it said.

2005-12-19 00:00:00

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