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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review Jan. 26, 2006 / 26 Teves, 5766

In ‘Palestine’, democracy in action gives majority vote to terrorist group

By Joel Greenberg

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Arafat's chickens have come home to roost
— by Richard Z. Chesnoff

Olmert's ‘peace partner’ will now have to answer to Hamas, which refuses to alter its charter regarding destruction of Israel

JewishWorldReview.com | (KRT)

JABLUS — Hamas made a strong showing in the first Palestinian parliamentary elections in a decade Wednesday, according to exit polls, raising the prospect that it could enter a government with the ruling Fatah party and become a significant force in the Palestinian Authority.

Official results were expected Thursday, but the polls reflected a sweeping change in the Palestinian political landscape that could pose a diplomatic dilemma for the Bush administration and complicate peace efforts.

The election was the first national vote contested by Hamas, presenting voters a competitive choice between the two major forces in Palestinian politics, a choice they did not have in a presidential election last year won by Mahmoud Abbas.

Coming 12 years after the creation of the Palestinian Authority, the vote was also an opportunity to take stock of Fatah's performance, and the results reflected widespread discontent with a party seen to be riddled with corruption and cronyism. Hamas ran a clean-government campaign, calling its slate Change and Reform.

Voter turnout was 78 percent of the 1.3 million eligible voters, election officials said.

The possible entry of Hamas into the Palestinian government could create difficulties with Israel and the Bush administration that could hamper any attempts to revive peace talks.

Hamas' charter calls for the destruction of Israel, and it is listed by the United States and the European Union as a terrorist organization. The group has killed scores of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks but it has suspended the bombings since a truce was declared a year ago.

Although Hamas projected a more pragmatic image during the campaign, the group's top parliamentary candidate, Ismail Haniyeh, said the organization has no intention of laying down its arms after the elections, as Abbas has urged. Another leading candidate, Mahmoud Zahar, said the group is "not going to change a single word" in its charter.

The so-called Quartet of Middle East mediators, made up of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia, said last month that any new Palestinian Cabinet should not include officials who support violence or reject Israel's right to exist, an indirect reference to Hamas.

"We do not deal with Hamas," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said Wednesday. "Hamas is a terrorist organization. Under current circumstances I don't see any change in that."

Abbas has argued that by bringing Hamas into politics it can be moved away from violence and that there would be no need for its armed wing once it enters parliament.

"We are entering a new phase," Abbas said after Wednesday's vote. "In this phase we hope that the international community will help us return to the negotiating table" with Israel.

Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri, a candidate for a parliamentary seat, said Hamas is seeking a "new phase of political partnership and unity" with other Palestinian factions.

After the exit poll results were announced, supporters of both Fatah and Hamas claimed victory, firing guns in the air to celebrate in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. In Gaza City, banner-waving Fatah supporters fired rifles out of car windows and honked car horns as they drove through the streets. There were similar scenes in Ramallah.

The celebrations capped a day in which Palestinians streamed to polling stations to cast their votes, with few reported disruptions. Some 13,500 police secured the balloting and enforced a weapons ban.

Nearly 20,000 local observers and 950 international monitors, led by former President Jimmy Carter, followed the vote, pronouncing it generally trouble-free.

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