The U.S. Embrace of the Palestinian Unity Government

For Washington, there are worse scenarios than dealing with a Palestinian government that includes a terrorist organization. Like dealing with no one at all.

The Americans found themselves a successful rationale for their expected support of the Palestinian unity government. The State Department spokeswoman explained that there were no Hamas people sitting in the new Palestinian Authority government. That explanation fell far short of convincing the pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, which in a rushed statement last week reminded Members of Congress that...