I am surprised at the Hamas rejection of the new elections in Gaza. I would have thought Hamas would orchestrate the campaign under strict limitations on speech, monitor the polling places with their armed men, count the votes, and win the "free and fair" election by 100% of the vote. Sure, everybody in the West would say the election was a sham, but that doesn't matter. Hamas would still have 100% control inside the Strip militarily and after the "vote" they could claim they won electorally another 4 year mandate. Meanwhile, they could run a real campaign in the West Bank were they may not be as popular, but they still have a broad base of support. Bottom line, they can't lose anything in a rigged election in Gaza and can only gain legitimacy in the West Bank. Or even better, they can force Fatah to rig the WB elections too.
Germany's Merkel says military efforts needed in Syria but they won't end war (Reuters)
from the article: Hamas vows to prevent Palestinian elections in Gaza