I'm not quite sure whether the '67 or '73 war's dire consequences and the 40 years which followed for the people in Gaza had anything to do with voting for anything. Anyhow, they were already in the mud, it just got a lot deeper in the last 3 years. In these elections, it was either Fatah, a party critiziced by everyone for being increadibly corrupte, unable to get anything done like providing basic services and largely seen as being the wilfull play ball between US (Bush back then who wasn't interested in a finding a solution at all) and Israeli interests, and Hamas, a organisation who is considered by the people as to not backing down or being bullied into agreements, uncorrupte, able to provide basic services and not having lost its crediblity in a peace process that made the situation for the Pal people a lot worse and was basically used by Israel to illegally annex half of the West Bank with no positive outcome for the Pals whatsoever. So yes, it can be confusing to have to vote in this situation, probably more confusing then when you have a look at the situation from a airconditioned office somewhere in a Western country. BTW, Hamas was a responsible part of the government until Israel put all their political representatives into prison (remember the number of missiles fired at Israel in the first half of 2006 by Hamas until Israel put them all in prison? no? go look it up, you will be surprised), tried to stage a coup d'etat (together with the US and Fatah) in the Gaza Strip and israel finally deliberatly broke the very stable ceasefire with Hamas in November 2008. So who exactly are you to ask them how they can whine about such things?
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