Will Hamas Participation in West Bank Elections Mend Political Rift?

Optimists hope that Hamas' participation in elections for the first time in ten years will pave the way for a new Palestinian government, but it’s still unclear how tolerant Fatah will be and whether Israel will intervene.

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In a surprise move, Hamas announced Friday last week that it would take part in elections for local councils and municipalities in the West Bank, scheduled for October 8. Three weeks after the Palestinian...