Radical Islam and the Palestinian Territories
In February 2006, despite Israel’s recent withdrawal from Gaza, Hamas won the Palestinian elections. Hamas is a radical Islamist organisation that demonises the Jewish people and is committed to Israel's violent destruction. Its victory showed that most Palestinians still refuse to accept Israel's right to exist, even if an independent Palestinian State were to be established alongside it. Palestinian terrorism against Israel, including the constant bombardment of Israeli towns from Gaza, continues to this day.