Islamic militant group Hamas has won a surprise victory in Wednesday's Palestinian parliamentary elections.
Preliminary results give Hamas 76 of the 132 seats in the chamber, with the ruling Fatah party trailing on 43.
It also rather gives the lie to the old idea that the majority of Palestinians just want peace.
The thing is that many lefties will start saying "well, if Israel hadn't treated them so badly, then this would never have happened."
Israel sectioned off the West Bank, etc. because the Palestinians constantly attacked them, not for shits and giggles. And, lest we forget, Israel only had the West bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights because the Arab nations tried to invade them. At least three times.
You can find good summaries here and here.
Hamas's win does provide some serious problems for the Middle East: Israel has said that it will not treat with terrorists and Hamas has repeatedly stated that their aim is the total destruction of Israel. "We will drive them into the sea" was, I think, the particular phrase used.
It also presents a slight problem for the EU, which gives large amounts of money to the Palestinian Authority. As His Imperial Majesty points out:
It is unlawful for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to a designated FTO [Foreign Terrorist Organization].
Now, does the EU have a similar law? One would assume so. And does it have a list of terrorist organisations? And, if so, is Hamas on it? Also, to what extent is the EU willing to piss off the US?
Interesting times, my friends...