Cheney: Mistake for Bush Admin. to Push for 2006 Palestinian Elections

By Evan Harris

Jun 6, 2010 10:30am

Liz Cheney, a former high-ranking official in the Bush administration State Department, said on This Week's roundtable that it was mistake to push for the 2006 elections in the Palestinian territories. Cheney said the Palestinians, who elected Hamas into power, were not “ready for it.”

Cheney served as principal deputy assistant secretary of state for near eastern affairs in 2005 and 2006.

“You were at the State Department in 2005, 2006 when these [Palestinian] elections were pushed,” host Jake Tapper said. “And some people were saying ‘Don’t do it, they’re not ready for it.’ Do you think that was a mistake in retrospect?” Tapper asked.

“I do,” Cheney replied. “I don’t think they were ready for it. I don’t think we should have pushed it.”

She emphasized though that “no matter how they came into power, they are a terrorist organization.”

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