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U.S. Policy Seen as Big Loser in Palestinian Vote

Standing in a sunny Rose Garden on June 24, 2002, surrounded by his top foreign policy advisers, President Bush issued a clarion call for resolving the deadly Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “I call on the Palestinian people to elect new leaders, leaders not compromised by terror.” This week, Palestinians gave their answer, handing a landslide victory in national legislative elections to Hamas, which has claimed responsibility for dozens of suicide bombings and desires the elimination of Israel. Bush’s statement calling for new leaders was aimed at the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, but in the same speech he also said it was necessary to thwart Hamas — formally the Islamic Resistance Movement — and other militant groups. Full Story

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