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Friday, February 04, 2011

Learning the right lessons from the Palestinian election of 2006

In Friday’s edition, the Wall Street Journal suggests that the lesson that ought to be learned from the Palestinian election of 2006 was that Hamas should not have been allowed to run without accepting past agreements and Israel’s right to exist, and eschewing violence. Instead, Hamas was allowed to run in that election without meeting those preconditions, and won the election, leading to the eventual split between Hamas and Fatah which leaves us with two de facto Palestinian polities to this day.

Get my take on the lessons of the Palestinian election of 2006 by reading my latest article on Newsreal's Right to Exist blog here.

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At 5:46 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The US banned Nazi and Communist parties from running in the post-war West German election. They imposed a similar ban on electoral participation by militarist parties in Japan.

There is nothing wrong with excluding parties who reject the principles of democracy and for whom elections constitute a means to subvert those principles.

Israel has such a provision on its books but its leftist Supreme Court has never allowed it to be enforced against Arab parties that reject Israel as the Jewish State and which advocate its destruction.

In short, democracy is not intended to be a suicide pact.


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