Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Israelis Scrambling To Harden Bush on Hamas

Israelis Scrambling To Harden Bush on Hamas: "While President Bush touted his plans for fighting terrorism and advancing Middle East democracy in his State of the Union address this week, Israel's allies here were working hard behind the scenes to prevent what they fear will be attempts to soften the administration's stance in the months ahead.
At the center of their fears is the administration's posture toward Hamas, the Islamic extremist group that won control of the Palestinian Authority legislature in an election last week. Israel wants an international quarantine of Hamas and of any Palestinian institutions it controls, unless it undergoes a series of internal changes that most observers consider unlikely. The quarantine would include both a ban on contacts with Hamas officials and a cutoff of direct aid to the P.A."

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