When Hamas won the 2006 elections, it opted to form a UNITY government, even though it could form a 1-party government. This was a clever move, because it enabled the world to deal with that government by dealing with the Fatah ministers as well as President Abbas. ONLY Israel put a complete embargo on the government and President, including not transferring their tax money. At the present time, and after much of the world has gotten more acceptable of Hamas, all Hamas would have to do is distribute the portfolios in a more realistic ways. For example, the foreign minister should not be a Hamas man, unlike in the past. Of course, this is all academic. By all accounts, Fatah will win. If they opt for a unity government with a reasonable distribution of portfolios, the world will accept this (except for Israel).
Iran's oil exports to South Korea quadruple to 400,000 barrels a day after sanctions lift (Reuters)
Yael Patir, Israel director of the left-leaning U.S. Jewish body, sat down with Haaretz to talk about Trump, the gap between U.S. and Israeli Jews, and the growing anger at the Israeli peace camp. Though she concedes boycott efforts by some on the left have a negative effect, she rejects calls to keep peace efforts local.01:12 01.05.16 | 5 comments