January 27, 2006 |
First up was Al Jazeera. Then came the BBC. Ismail Haniya, the voice and face of the Islamist group Hamas, was hustled from one interview to the next, flanked by watchful, bearded bodyguards and trailed by a retinue of camera crews. Haniya was Hamas' top candidate in parliamentary elections Wednesday that yielded a stunning upset victory for the Palestinian militant group.
February 10, 2006 |
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin said Thursday that he would invite leaders of the militant group Hamas, who last month won a majority in the Palestinian parliament, to Moscow. Speaking through a Spanish interpreter, Putin said: "We haven't considered Hamas a terrorist organization. Today we must recognize that Hamas has reached power in Palestine as a result of legitimate elections, and we must respect the choice of the Palestinian people."
November 28, 2006
WHETHER THE impetus was a shaky cease-fire in the Gaza Strip or President Bush's visit to the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday unexpectedly extended an olive branch to the Palestinians. If the Palestinian Authority -- including the Islamic party Hamas -- doesn't respond in kind, it will be yet another golden opportunity for Mideast peace squandered.
February 27, 2006
MAKING THE TRANSITION from critic to participant is always difficult. Leaders of Hamas, after their shocking win in Palestinian elections last month, find themselves undergoing just such a transformation. As they try to assemble a working government, all parties in the Middle East will need to resist the temptation not just of violence but of impatience. This is a critical moment. Hamas may govern a short or a long time, but it will never again assume office for the first time.
December 15, 2005 |
An airstrike in the Gaza Strip killed four Palestinians and wounded five others Wednesday as Israel continued targeting militants after a suicide bombing last week and sporadic rocket attacks from Gaza since then. Israeli military officials said a missile struck a car believed to be carrying Palestinian militants and explosives for a planned attack against the Karni crossing, the main cargo port between Israel and the Gaza Strip.
June 12, 2006 |
Two Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike Sunday in the northern Gaza Strip after the Palestinian group claimed responsibility for a rocket attack into southern Israel that left an Israeli man severely injured. Israel's military said its aircraft targeted fighters who were preparing to launch a Kassam rocket. Militants fired more than two dozen salvos during a day of stepped-up violence.