JERUSALEM, Ireland, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sharply disagreed Monday over Hamas and the Palestinian elections.
Sharon said allowing Hamas to take part in the elections for the Palestinian Legislative Council would be a grave error. He said it would weaken Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas rather than strengthening him, as Palestinians have argued.
In recent weeks, the IDF has arrested hundreds of Hamas activists, most of them members of the organization's political wing, Haaretz said.
"We wholeheartedly support President Bush's moves for democratization, but we will not aid Hamas," Sharon said. "We will not aid the murderers of Jews, even if they take part in elections."
Rice took issue with Sharon's position, saying following the election it would be easier to force Hamas to disarm since the pressure would be coming from the international community as a whole.
|Additional Top News Stories|
OGDEN, Utah, June 17 (UPI) --Police have identified the victim of Sunday's shooting in a Roman Catholic church in Utah as James Evans; his son-in-law was charged with the crime.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, June 17 (UPI) --Despite massive spending on Western weapons, the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf are "unable to secure themselves from any external threat" -- meaning Iran – and are running up huge public and foreign debt, a gulf think tank says.