You might be surprised, but I happen to agree with much of what you said in your reply to Mr. Ronnie Wolman. Like Ehud Olmert, Mahmoud Abbas enjoys the perks and privileges of being a national leader, and does not want to end them with a new election. It was smarter for Abbas to merge with Hamas (or to enter into a coalition with them) instead of going down in defeat. I am sure that Olmert does not want early elections either.
Army: Blast in Korean DMZ wounds two South Korean soldiers (Reuters)
from the article: Israel to snub foreign envoys who meet with Hamas ministers