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A Pragmatic Call

2.27.2006

By the EU on funding for Hamas. The stark choice is further violence being funded by an ever increasingly powerful Iran, or maintaining fiscal ties that bind over a government that needs to be brought to the negotiating table. While their positions are absolutely wrong and need to be changed, withdrawing funding now would only have deepened a crisis that has festered for far too long.


European diplomats earlier indicated that despite Hamas' victory, an immediate withdrawal of EU funding was not an option, as this would mean a break-down of the Palestinian administration, which is feared would be followed by chaos and fresh violence.


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