Palestinian Elections

Democracy was on display in the Middle East Wednesday, as Palestinians voted for the first time in over a decade, but Washington is hardly embracing the outcome.

Hamas is claiming victory Thursday morning, and the current Palestinian Parliament has resigned. Election results reveal that the Islamic militant group has won a convincing majority of seats in the Parliament, in what President Bush considers a ?wake up call.?

Former President Jimmy Carter observed the elections and reiterated the United States’ stance against Hamas, a terrorist group that is in no hurry to lay down its weapons for peace.

The U.S. government has said many times that it will deny Palestine any further funding should Hamas enter the government.

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