Saturday, December 16, 2006
Israel says it supports Abbas on poll
"ISRAEL said today it supported moderate Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas after his call to hold early presidential and parliamentary elections.
“The Israeli Government supports moderate Palestinians who manage to negotiate with Israel without resorting to violence. Abu Mazen (Abbas) is this type of leader,” government spokeswoman Miri Eisin said.
“We hope that he will be able to assert his authority over all of the Palestinian people,” Mr Eisin said in the first Israeli reaction to Mr Abbas's call for early polls.
Mr Abbas called today for early elections as a way to resolve months of political standoff with the Palestinian ruling Hamas movement, which has been in power only since March. "