Presidential hopeful and former Senator Hillary Clinton in an emerging and never played tape has regretted the US had pushed for elections in Palestinian territories in 2006 and had not prevented Hamas to win, US media The Observer reports.
Targeted by another FBI probe, Clinton said, in an interview with Eli Chomsky of Jewish Press in September 2006 that the US push for elections in Palestinian territories in January 2006 was a big mistake as the results turned out in favor of Hamas movement, still on the US black list of terrorist organization. She hoped the US rigged elections in favor of Hamas’s rival, Fatah, seen as moderate towards Israel.
“I do not think we should have pushed for an election in the Palestinian territories. I think that was a big mistake,” said the then Senator Clinton.
“And if we were going to push for an election, then we should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win.”
Hamas, dominant in the Gaza Strip, largely won the January 25, 2006 elections, outshining the Palestinian Authority dominated by Fatah with 74 seats against 45.
The Observer also revealed that Chomsky was taken aback that “anyone could support the idea—offered by a national political leader, no less—that the US should be in the business of fixing foreign elections.”
The tape emerges as presidential rival Donald Trump claims the US presidential election in 10 days is already rigged in advance in favor of the former US Secretary of State.