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Greece election result brings hope to Palestinians

President Mahmoud Abbas and the Hamas movement welcomed the victory of the Syriza Party in the Greek elections, which promised during its electoral campaign to work on recognizing the Palestinian state.
Palestinians hold flags during a rally in support of a Gaza-bound flotilla, at the Gaza seaport July 3, 2011. The pro-Palestinian flotilla hopes to leave Greece early this week to challenge Israel's sea blockade of the Gaza Strip, organisers said on Saturday. The convoy of cargo and passenger boats was due to depart at least a week ago but has been held up amid allegations of sabotage sponsored by Israel. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem (GAZA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTR2OEST

The victory of the Greek Syriza Party, which won 149 out of 300 parliamentary seats, has brought major concerns for Israel but was welcomed by the Palestinians. The radical left-wing party scored a decisive victory in the snap elections held Jan. 25 in Greece.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas as well as the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Islamic Hamas movement were among those to congratulate the Greek people with the election results.

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