Hamas Assumes Control
of Palestinian Authority
The parliament of the Palestinian Authority approved on Tuesday the new
Hamas government and its guidelines. "The Koran is our constitution, jihad
is our path and dying as martyrs our biggest wish."
The new PA minister of information, Yusuf
Rizka, said that the new Hamas government "is a government of shahids [holy
martyrs] that will take the path of Dr. Abdel Aziz Rantisi [a ruthless
terrorist leader who briefly assumed control of Hamas and was in the midst
of planning a large-scale "quality" attack against Israel when he was killed
in an Israeli rocket strike in April 2004]."
The new PA prime minister, Ismail Haniye of Hamas, presented the guidelines
to the parliament, where it was approved by a 71-36 majority. Hamas members
number 74 in the 132-member body.
After the vote, one of the PA legislators - formerly wanted by Israel -
waved a Koran and called out loud, "The Koran is our constitution, Mohammed
is our prophet, jihad is our path and dying as martyrs for the sake of Allah
is our biggest wish." His call was answered by a standing ovation and calls
of "Allahu Akbar."
The government is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.