From the Washington Post:
“We are asking you to cooperate with our mission by keeping an open mind,” Ismail Haniyeh, the top candidate on Hamas’ national list, told journalists at his house in a beachside refugee camp here. “We are asking you to respect these results and respect the will of the Palestinians.”
Giving even an inch to Hamas now will only lead to greater concessions down the road. There can be no open mind with Hamas. Even Europe considers them a terrorist group. And if Hamas is “the will of the Palestinians,” well, then, that just reflects poorly on the Palestinians. Cut aid. Sever all ties with this terrorist regime. Let the Palestinian people learn a lesson in democracy: elections have consequences.
Leading up to the election, Ismail Haniyeh, who is quoted above, said in an interview with the French news agency AFP that:
“Hamas supports the establishment of a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital in the territories occupied [by Israel] in 1967 – as an interim solution. However, Hamas will continue to maintain its views regarding the boundaries of historical Palestine, and [in terms of] refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the occupation.”
In other words, the destruction of Israel is their long term strategy. Let us never lose sight of the type of people we are dealing with here.