Palestinian Election And Abbas Victory A Positive First Step Toward Reform and Peace
New York, NY, January 9, 2005 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called the Palestinian election and the victory of Mahmoud Abbas "a positive first step" toward bringing democratic reform to Palestinian society, ending terrorism and facilitating peace in the region.
"The true tests of change among the Palestinians are whether the election will lead to reform, especially the creation of civil society in which moderate voices will have a place, and whether they will generate a commitment to stop terror and to engage in a serious peace process," said Barbara B. Balser, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Clearly, this is a positive first step toward that goal and we hope that Mr. Abbas will use his new position and legitimacy to move in a constructive direction."
Expressing concern about some of Mr. Abbas' recent comments, Mr. Foxman added that "it will be essential for the new president of the PA to speak and act consistently against terror and terrorist groups. While some may attribute his disturbing comments to electoral politics, a continuation of such rhetoric will inevitably encourage extremists and make it more difficult for change to occur."
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