U.S., EU Already Showing Signs of Softening on Hamas Aid

From the NY Times:

LONDON, Jan. 30 – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and senior European envoys signaled today that there would no immediate suspension of aid for the Palestinian Authority following the victory by Hamas in last week’s Palestinian elections, but they continued to warn that aid could be cut off once a Hamas-led government takes power in coming weeks.

The diplomats’ instinct, various officials said, was to avoid provoking an immediate confrontation with Hamas, especially as it puts together its regime. They were also trying to avoid actions seen as prejudging what Hamas will do and to keep the door open to aid if Hamas renounces violence and recognizes Israel’s right to exist…

Reading between the lines, it seems as though as long as Mahmoud Abbas stays on as president and perhaps a non-Hamas prime minister is appointed, aid will be continue, and the world will have caved in to terrorism.

Other parts of the story deserve some comment:

Their discussion came as the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, and a leader of Hamas today urged Western countries not to cut aid, citing the hardships it would impose on the impoverished Palestinians.

If they were so worried about losing aid, the Palestinians should have considered that when they decided to vote for a terrorist group.

So far Hamas has disavowed any intention of changing its strategy or its covenants opposing the existence of Israel. But there is still hope, however tenuous, among some Europeans and Americans of some kind of modification of these tenets.

Hope? Based on what?