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Does nobody in the White House read the news?

Bush: I have no idea what's going on with them foreigners!
 
 
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President Bush today said elections in the Palestinian territories delivered a needed "wakeup call to the leadership" there, but he warned that the apparent winners -- the militant Hamas movement -- cannot be a "partner in peace" if they continue to advocate the destruction of Israel.

Exactly two weeks ago

Hamas has dropped its call for the destruction of Israel from its manifesto for the Palestinian parliamentary election in a fortnight, a move that brings the group closer to the mainstream Palestinian position of building a state within the boundaries of the occupied territories.

That settles that then.

Joshua Holland is a staff writer at Alternet and a regular contributor to The Gadflyer .