The Palestinians now have a democratically elected government, which was what Bush and Sharon wanted, so it will have to be respected as long as Hamas curbs the violence - and Israel has to do likewise, or it will be seen to be undermining the democratic process. A point for all you doomsayers: in Kenya in 1950s there was an organisation called Mau Mau which committed many murders to get the British out. Mainly they were Kikuyu, and were led by Jomo Kenyatta who spent some years in prison. Eventually he was released, and became the first president. To the surprise of many, the country was stable for many years, though since his death Kenya has sunk into a pitiful state of corruption and poverty, nearly as bad as Zimbabwe. Maybe Hamas will be able to bring stability to Palestine, but there will always be uncontrollable hotheads in Palestine and Israel. Democracy must be given a chance.
Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel, monitoring group says (Reuters)
from the article: Palestinian economics min. tells world to give Hamas chance