Rice Backtracks on PA Elections

[source: The Lekarev Report]

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice welcomed Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s statement yesterday that the government will convene Sunday, in a bid to approve the decision to allow east Jerusalem residents to vote in upcoming PA elections. She noted clearly that the decision will be approved on condition Hamas and other terror organizations will not be allowed to participate in elections.

“It remains the view of the United States that there should be no place in the political process for groups or individuals who refuse to renounce terror and violence, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and disarm,” Rice said in a statement issued by the State Department, after reports of her phone conversation earlier with PA President Abbas caused a furor. In that conversation, Rice had signalled an acceptance of Hamas as a legitimate political entity.

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