Sunday, December 18, 2005

Hamas And The EU

Europe's top diplomat warned Sunday the European Union might cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority if Hamas militants win next month's parliamentary election, reflecting international alarm over the Islamic group's strong showing in West Bank local voting.

Javier Solana, the EU's foreign policy chief, said during a tour of the region that European taxpayers would have a hard time supporting the Palestinian government if it included a party that supports violence and advocates Israel's destruction.
Joe's Dartblog:
Now that Hamas is a politically viable entity with a likelihood of controlling the PA, and is no longer solely a gossamer front for anti-Israeli terror and anti-American rhetoric, Western Europe is paying attention and threatening to take action. Is it, then, that when Hamas threatens to hijack the outfit Europe has spent so much time and money supporting, it must be answered forcefully, but when it is merely an underground enigma bent on daily car bombings, RPG attacks, and missile deployments, its political wing must be respected? Is it that the cheap and tawdry excuse has died?

As Roger L. Simon said in reaction to the news, I’ll believe it when I see it.