Hamas Victory, a New Political Reality in the Middle East

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In Gaza today, angry demonstrators blamed President Mahmoud Abbas for his Fatah Party's stunning defeat in Palestinian elections. In the West Bank, Abbas himself asked the winning Hamas to form a new government. The stunning victory of the militant group has set off blame-games in both Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and has become the major issue in Israel's election campaign. Will the burdens of governance force Hamas to abandon violence and accept Israel's right to exist? Will Israel, Europe and the United States continue the services and financial aid that keep the Palestinian Territories from collapsing? Will the Arab States help an Islamic party that's taken power through democratic elections?
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