Skip to comments.White House: OK if Hamas controls PLC- "business professionals...not terrorists"
Posted on 04/14/2005 7:04:07 AM PDT by SJackson
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2005
White House Press Briefing by Scott McClellan
James S. Brady Briefing Room
MR. McCLELLAN: ... If we are successful there in the Gaza, it provides a real opportunity to move forward on the road map and to move forward on the President's two-state vision. But we've got to make sure that there is -- and the world has a responsibility to help in those efforts to make sure that the Palestinians are able to move in and self-govern that area, and begin moving forward on additional measures to have institutions in place for a viable democracy to emerge. And so that's really where the focus was.
... Q Scott, on the road map, can you identify even one Palestinian terrorist group that has been disarmed by the Palestinian Authority in accordance with the Bush administration's own road map? And I have a follow-up.
MR. McCLELLAN: I think it's important to look at some of the steps that have been taken. And the President talked about President Abbas the other day in the news conference. We look forward to having President Abbas visit Washington again so the President can talk to him about what we can do to support them in their efforts to move forward on the two-state vision that he outlined. But there have been some steps taken to address the security situation.
It's important that they have a unified security structure. General Ward has been in the region working closely with the Palestinians to help put those security forces in place and have a unified structure to address some of these issues. But the road map is very clear in what it says. We've been very clear in what our views are, as well. And it's important that the parties meet their obligations.
Q In the event that Hamas, a terrorist organization not yet disarmed by the PA, wins a majority in the legislative PA, will the Bush administration still send $350 million U.S. taxpayer dollars to the PA, or not?
MR. McCLELLAN: Les, it's -- the one thing that you see when people have elections that are free and fair is that they tend to choose people who are committed to improving their livelihood, not people who are committed to terrorist acts. And I think if you look back at the previous Palestinian elections, the people that were elected, while they might have been members of Hamas, they were business professionals. They were people that ran on talking about improving the quality of life for the Palestinian people and addressing their economic needs and addressing other needs that are important to them -- not terrorists.
Not much different than the Euros.
WH opens mouth, inserts proverbial foot. News at 11. :(
"The road to Hell is paved with good intentions">
I think you're right.
Yup, like Sadaam, successful businessmen.
" the people that were elected, while they might have been members of Hamas, they were business professionals."
On aura tout vu, tout entendu ;-((
Give credit where it's due. "Les" is Lester Kinsolving, the bulldog journalist and radio talk show host (www.wcbm.com, out of Baltimore) who never fails to ask tough questions at the White House press conferences (sometimes silly questions, but always like a bulldog.)