You have a blind spot, Ronnie. Hamas was actually elected with a big majority just over a year ago, and even USA intelligence people say that they would win another election tomorrow. Why do you think Abbas did not carry out his threat to hold one? The Hamas forces are well armed and highly motivated (it's not just money). So why would Abbas tell the world he wants to be an American stooge? And also, he might, just might, want to unite his country. Remember, Palestine is the only democracy in the Middle East.
Firebomb thrown during demonstration in northern Israeli town of Umm al Fahm (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel to snub foreign envoys who meet with Hamas ministers