Hamas wins the Palestinian Legislative Council elections 26 January 2006
Hamas’s goal of eliminating Israel is enshrined in its founding Charter (1988). Since it refused to recognise not only Israel’s legitimacy but that of the Oslo Accords, and refused to renounce violence, President Bush’s Middle East policy was effectively torpedoed. PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, (elected separately a year earlier), was forced to look on as a new government was sworn in with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh as prime minister on 29 March.
Yet, despite its election victory, polls showed that two-thirds of Palestinian Arabs supported a change in the Hamas policy of refusing recognition of Israel’s right to exist, and a majority also favoured a two-state solution to the conflict with Israel. In reality, Hamas’ victory was due to the popularity of its two campaign promises: (i) to end corruption and (ii) to improve internal security.
Instead of bringing peace, the election result emboldened Hamas to ignore the wishes of ordinary Palestinians, to escalate the conflict and to drag its people into three successive wars with the Jewish state.
By Dermot Meleady
Palestinian Legislative Elections: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/palestinian-legislative-elections-january-2006
Results of PSR Exit Polls for Palestinian PLC Elections: http://www.pcpsr.org/en/node/478
Globes: Erez Industrial Zone to be closed: https://en.globes.co.il/en/article-803625
Intelligence and Terrorism Information Centre: https://twitter.com/terrorisminfo?lang=en