the palestinians democratically elected hamas. hamas may have won because of everyone's disgust with fatah; a pretty harsh civics lesson! i understand that it may take time, but it is very possible that democracy and islam are not compatible, but that's a question for another day. talking to hamas is unfortunately the only way to proceed right now. i seriously doubt anything will come of it, but being satisfied with the statis quo is unacceptable. israel needs a new strategy for peace and security. demonstrating to the world that extraordinary efforts are continually being made could do wonders for israeli support worldwide (along with distancing themselves from bush!).
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: The only chance to defeat Hamas