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PALESTINIANS VOTE 'HAMASTAN'

Dr. Dan Schueftan: 'Palestinian Voters Have Unmasked Themselves & Their Preference For Terrorism Against Israel'

'Idiotic To Expect That Hamas In Power Will Become Moderate'

'Election Outcome Leaves Israel No Option But To Implement Unilateral Steps With U.S. Support'

A major upheaval in the Palestinian leadership - the terror organization Hamas has swept into power in the Palestinian election. Hamas won 76 seats in the 132-member parliament. Fatah led by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas trailed far behind taking only 43 seats. Get used to the name of Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, which sent some 50-suicide bombers to murder and maim Israelis over the past five years. What happens now? In an interview with IsraCast, Dr. Dan Schueftan of Haifa University analyzes various aspects.

'The Palestinians prefer Hamas terrorism against Israel rather than establishing a peaceful state of Palestine' - that's the reaction of Dr. Dan Schueftan of Haifa University to the Hamas victory. What was obvious to the experts is now obvious to everyone. Schueftan added that the election proves Palestinian society is divided between terrorists, hooligans and impotents like Mahmoud Abbas who can only talk peace. The analyst goes on to say: 'It is idiotic to believe that Hamas in power will turn moderate'. Had this been the case with Hezbollah that has members in the Lebanese parliament?' Moreover, Yasser Arafat was in government and a terrorist at the same time. All that Mahmoud Abbas was able to do was make nice statements while doing nothing to halt the terrorism against Israel. As for the American sponsored Roadmap, the Palestinian election again proved it was never realistic.' This leaves Israel only one choice, to take unilateral steps that have U.S. support'.

As for its impact on mainstream Israeli voters, Schueftan believes most will stick with Kadima in the center. In his view: 'Most Israeli voters want unilateral actions out of despair with the Palestinians'.

Analyst Schueftan takes issue with the idea that the Middle East can be democratized from the outside. He contends it is impossible unless Arab societies are ripe for democracy and Algeria, Iran and now the Palestinians have proved they are not.

With Hamas in power, should Israel hunker down and prepare for INTIFADA III? Schueftan retorts: 'It's not necessary because Palestinian violence and hostile intentions never really ceased against Israel - the Palestinian election is simply an updating of Intifada II'.

David Essing

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