March 10, 2009, - 12:07 pm

Polls: Palestinians Would Elect HAMAS in West Bank; U.S. Funding of Abbas a Complete Failure

By Debbie Schlussel
Not that this is a new concept, since I’ve argued it on this site for several years now, but HAMAS is the most popular movement among the Palestinians. Among ALL Palestinians. It’s not just in Gaza, but in the so-called West Bank, too.
And as I’ve repeatedly said, not only would HAMAS eventually win in democratic elections all over the so-called Palestinian Authority–thanks, President Bush, father of HAMAS electoral victory–but our repeated funding of the Fatah terrorist group and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas a/k/a Abu Mazen, was a failure.
Yes, President Bush threw gazillions Abbas’ way. As I noted on this site, we funded Palestinian Authority soap operas for Ramadan viewing, so they could sit still without killing people for an hour or two (“Desperate No-Head-Wives” would have been a great title), we funded Palestinian mortgage bail-outs, we funded Palestinian start-up businesses, and we funded their political campaigns. These are all things we scream about when we do them for Americans (and rightly so), but we don’t seem to mind when we do them for terrorism supporters.
In Alien v. Predator, er–HAMAS v. Fatah–We Bet & Lost, No Matter Who Won . . .



That’s right, all of these people whose mortgages we bailed out, whose businesses we funded, and whose soap operas we backed–they support HAMAS, which will win in any future elections in the future in the so-called West Bank. Here are the numbers:

The West Bank is under Israel’s overall security control, but parts of the territory are governed by the Western-backed government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. A poll Monday showed that the popularity of the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, has grown among Palestinians at Abbas’ expense after Israel’s recent offensive in Gaza. . . .
In the West Bank and Gaza, support for Hamas is growing and support for Abbas is slipping, according to a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. The poll attributes the shift to Israel’s three-week offensive in Gaza, which sought to stop Hamas rocket fire on Israeli towns. Nearly 1,300 Palestinians were killed, and many saw Abbas as ineffective in stopping the violence.
The poll says Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh would likely beat Abbas with 47 percent of the vote to Abbas’ 45 percent if presidential elections were held now. Three months ago, Abbas would have beat Haniyeh by 10 points, the center said.
During the same period, Hamas’ popularity climbed five points to 33 percent, while the popularity of Abbas’ Fatah movement dropped two points to 40 percent, the poll found.
The poll was conducted between March 5 and 7 among 1,270 adults in the West Bank and Gaza. It has a margin of error of three percentage points.

As I wrote over the last several years, the “our violent Islamic terrorists versus your violent Islamic terrorists” strategy was stupid to begin with and destined to be a failure.
And now it is. Just wait until the democratic elections they now have thanks to Bush. HAMAS will win it all. And Obama will continue his backdoor negotiations he’s been having with them since last summer.

4 Responses

Obviously, we ain’t seen nothing yet. I received this link today in an alert I receive from CNN:

i_am_me on March 10, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Yes, i_am_me…Obama’s cluelessness is indeed appalling. I urge all readers to read one or more of Hugh Fitzgerald’s numerous, lucid, and compellingly argued posts on regarding Hamas vs. Fatah/PLO, and how they differ only as to method (i.e. the “fast jihad” pursued by Hamas versus the “slow jihad” favored by Abbas). Their goal – the annihilation of Israel – is identical.

commonsense on March 11, 2009 at 12:10 am

Whether the Plaestinian glass is half full or half empty matters little, simply the other half of the glass will always be toxic. The course for Israel remains one of selfdefence and awareness that a population still in love with a cult of death cannot be a neighbor in fact, and will remain an enemy. Similarly, it serves the other mostly corrupt nations of the region to have an easy enemy in Israel in their midst. Israel survives as a democratic nation of strength far beyond its tiny geographic extent and population in a swamp of 9th century primitivism and value structures that honor terror, abuse of women, beheadings in the town square, blood cults and suicide murders. The failure of seemingly moderate nations such as Jordan and Egypt to serve as models for Gaza and the West Bank speaks reams about the dark forces that reign in the region. The future promises more conflict and turmoil, and brings the very dangerous cloud of Iran into the picture.

Donald Wolberg on March 11, 2009 at 10:00 am

Now it comes out that Gaza will get the $900 million promised from 0bama/Clinton when they recognize Israel’s right to exist. Like that is gonna happen. We have the election, then rebuilding and rearming, blah blah, give us the money, ignore the body flying off the roof. Shame.
I appreciate your effort to inform us, Debbie. I understand your frustration with those who did not voice our opposition to the same failed policies of Bush and his stupid 2 state bs. Please don’t give up. Many of us were not that politically involved then. I know it is no excuse. Voting and vocal opposition is a great gift we have in the US and so many of us are all too indifferent. We were young and selfish. Forgive and don’t give up informing us of the peril of our ways.
I am so mad that my voice, nee our voices, are not heard by those in office. I had resigned myself to stop calling, faxing, emailing when it made no difference on the porkulus bill. But I know that is wrong. I will not turn my back but continue to be vocal. Furthermore, it matters most who is elected. I will no longer give material provided a cursory glance but go and seek answers to my questions from candidates. Be it the local dog catcher post or congress. I see the best way to get my voice heard is not by directing votes but asking the questions. You are an inspiration. Thank you.
P.S. Your movie reviews are manna.

FeFe on March 14, 2009 at 4:39 pm

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