January 26th, 2006

Concern and dismay over Hamas victory

ourier new" >"Hamas' victory at the ballot box fills me with concern and dismay", confessed Dr Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany in his initial reaction to the provisional results in the Palestinian elections.

"Hamas is a terrorist organization and it is hard to imagine how terrorists, even if they are democratically elected, might be reliable partners in a peace process", continued Spiegel.

"The Palestinian people have no doubt used their vote to express their anger and powerlessness in response to the corruption and lawlessness of Al Fatah, the party that has been in government until now. We will have to wait and see whether this election result is a vote to endorse acts of terror or peaceful coexistence between two states", was President Spiegel's pessimistic conclusion.

Berlin, 26 January 2006