My thoughts as well. The status of Hamas proves beyond any doubt free and fair elections become mere words if our dear beloved land grapping ethnic cleansing Israel, the bane of the ME, does not approve of the results. Much better to keep in power tin pot dictators like Abdullah and Mubarak that can be bought off by the Americans for a pittance thus allowing Israel to go on its merry way unchallenged. Hopefully Tunisia is the spark that ends this era. Should that be so the "free" world would be able to look on only.
Netanyahu instructs to reexamine open-fire orders against stone- throwers (Haaretz)