Thursday, January 26, 2006

Eight Headlines Deserve Another

Bush to Ignore Hamas, Saying, "I Was For Democracy In The Middle East Before I Was Against It."

UPDATE Friday January 27, 2006

State Dept. to Review Aid to Palestinians 3:12 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Hamas takes control of the Palestinian government, as now appears likely, all U.S. aid to the Palestinian people will be put under review, the Bush administration said Friday.

Thursday January 26, 2006

News Index From The Associated Press TOP NEWS ARTICLE AT 5:42 PM ET
Bush Says U.S. Won't Deal With Hamas
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jolted by Hamas' stunning election victory, President Bush said Thursday the United States will not deal with the militant Palestinian group as long as it seeks Israel's destruction.

Hamas Captures Landslide Parliamentary Win 5:23 p.m. ET
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Hamas won a landslide victory in parliamentary elections as Palestinian voters rejected the longtime rule of the corruption-ridden Fatah Party, according to nearly complete official returns Thursday.

Abbas Planning Talks With Israel 3:33 p.m. ET
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said Thursday he was committed to negotiations with Israel and said he would start immediate consultations to start a new government following an overwhelming victory by Hamas in parliamentary elections.

Foreign Leaders Shocked at Hamas Win 3:11 p.m. ET
PARIS (AP) -- World leaders, uneasy at the prospect of a Hamas-led Palestinian government, immediately exerted pressure on the Islamic militants Thursday to recognize Israel and renounce violence as a precondition for support.

Israel Ponders Response After Hamas Win 11:46 a.m. ET
JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli officials convened emergency meetings on Thursday to decide how to respond to the militant Hamas group's upset victory in Palestinian elections, maintaining an outward silence while privately blaming each other for the upheaval.

Hamas, Fatah Supporters Clash 10:08 a.m. ET
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) -- Hamas supporters raised their flag over the Palestinian parliament Thursday and rushed into the building amid clashes with Fatah loyalists a day after winning parliamentary elections.

Hamas' Election Showing Shakes Up Mideast 7:45 a.m. ET
JERUSALEM (AP) Hamas' apparent victory in Palestinian parliamentary elections has dramatically shaken up the political landscape of the Middle East, elevating Islamic militants who call for Israel's destruction and most likely encouraging Israel's go-it-alone approach to Mideast peacemaking.

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