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Der Standard - Austria | 31/01/2006

Hamas' Election Victory

In a commentary Israeli peace activist Uri Avneri attempts to throw a positive light on Hamas' election victory. "Israel must negotiate with any popularly elected Palestinian leadership. And the stronger this leadership, the better – whereby the integration of the extremist factions is a matter of crucial importance. Had Hamas decided not to participate in the elections, they would have been forced to do so. A group which declares itself willing to negotiate with Israel is, de facto, recognising the state of Israel. Hamas' participation in the elections alone proves that the Palestinian political system is moving towards peace. Although Hamas' victory may look like a blow to the peace effort, the result could be quite different. It could serve to make this extremist movement more moderate and guarantee that any agreement reached is more stable and lasting."

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