Abbas Will Not Crack Hamas
By Micah Halpern
Thursday January 26, 2006
I've Been Thinking:
It was supposed to be a magic day. It wasn't.
There were high hopes for the Palestinian elections. Misplaced hopes. No matter how you count it, no matter the final numbers, the true winners are Hamas. This avowed terrorist organization is now a real player in Palestinian politics. And Hamas is still sworn to the destruction of Israel and the perpetration of terror.
The US, the Europeans, Israel were saying that after the elections Abbas will crack down on Hamas. It's just another fantasy. If Abbas did not crack down before the elections, what incentive, what power, what clout do they think he has to do it now - after the people have spoken, after Hamas had such remarkable success in the elections.
This entire scenario was mis-played by the US, Israel and the entire West.