US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cautioned Palestinian voters Monday to bear in mind as they choose a parliament that terrorism is not a "pathway to peace."
With Hamas running neck-and-neck with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party before Wednesday's balloting, Rice said it simply does not work to have "one foot in terrorism and the other foot in politics."
Rice also reiterated her support for establishing a Palestinian state and said one was long overdue.
Implying the Bush administration would not work with a Palestinian government dominated by Hamas, Rice said, "the United States won't change its policies toward Hamas."
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