January 27, 2006

Straight From the Horse's Mouth

Palestinians speak out on election results...

"This was an exercise in Palestinian democracy but Hamas are going to find the difference between governing and not governing very difficult. The writing was on the wall for Fatah for quite a while now. I think a lot of Hamas' support came from protest votes. People were tired of Fatah infighting and corruption." --Akram Baker, business adviser


"We expected Hamas to do well because it won many seats in local polls. After Yasser Arafat's death, Fatah collapsed. It couldn't work cohesively, there were always problems. People became tired. As for Hamas, I'm not worried society will get more conservative. Hamas is focused on resistance against Israel and on fixing the economy." --Felicia Barghouti, journalist


"I support Hamas. They will bring new ideas to government. I like Hamas because they are the real resistance against Israel. Hamas are positive whereas Fatah are negative. Fatah were only interested in positions and money, not in the people. The international community will have to talk to Hamas if it wants to speak to the Palestinians." --Nehad Mahmoud, rights worker

"It doesn't matter what party governs - what matters is they need experience. I'm worried that Hamas don't have any experience in government and they will have to learn very quickly." --Alla Abu Turk, marketing boss

"Hamas are a change for good. Hamas won this election because people wanted a change. They are the group that supports the Palestinian people and they are our best friend. Through their social services Hamas help the people. People asked yesterday who is for the Palestinian people and the answer came today: Hamas." --Barakat Barakat, civil servant

"Hamas winning is a good thing - it is the choice of the people. I think the future will be better under a Hamas government. There won't be any problems in the government as there were under Fatah. Religion is the manual for good government in the world and I think we shall see a good Hamas government." --Khaled Jaber, office manager



2 Comments:

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At 9:43 PM, Blogger Ibrahamav said...

I think it was the best thing to happen to Israel in a long time. Not since the Jews kicked the shit out of the Arabs in 1967 has anything this straight forward come out of an arabs mouth about dealing with Israel.

 

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