Hamas, showing up the Conservatives in Canada’s recent election, cleaned up in the recent elections taking 76 seats in the 132 member legislature. For those of you who are less than minimally competent with math, that’s well over half giving them a solid majority. Their main opponents, Fatah, took a pathetic 43 seats with 13 seats going to independents.
Like the Canadian election, a primary reason for the result was the perceived (and real) massive corruption in the dominant party. So Muffti guesses we should be glad that a corrupt government got its due and was shmiced in a democratic election. And, in an impressive display of democratic participation, 77% of the eligible voters turned up! In comparison, Israelis in the 2003 election ran about a 68% turnout rate, US (2000 presidential election) was at 68% [63% in the 2000 house elections], 61% in Canada (2000 Parliamentary elections) and 69% in the 2000 Russian Federation elections, 60% in the 2003 French Parliamentary elections (though, in fairness, a whopping 80% in the Presidential election of 2002!]. So, it’s like the Pals are a democratic light unto the nations! Mazal tov on the turnout and making democracy work for you! Just a shame you don’t have better taste…
It’s not easy to find a silver lining on this cloud, but Muffti is trying. Things have really gone from bad to worse. Mostly for the Palestinians. The US has already announced a refusal to deal with them, hinting that desperately needed aid will dry up. The Israelis have announced that they won’t bargain with Hamas. Hamas refuses to recognize the state of Israel. It’s really worse than being back at square 1. It’s more like being back at square minus 5.
As Homer said during a classic Simpsons moment: When are people going to learn? Democracy doesn’t work. First Harper and now Hamas. Not to mention any other obvious egregious decisions by democractic nations in recent years. Maybe Homer isn’t so stupid.