When Is An Election an Election?

President Abbas of Palestine and head of Fatah is proceeding with an early election for a new Palestinian parliament. Of course, Hamas is not going to participate in what they term an illegal election. The election raises several interesting questions including whether or not votes from Gaza will be tabulated and what happens if Hamas again gains victory?

Hamas was legally elected by the Palestinian people. It is necessary to involve them in any further attempt at elections and government. Palestine and Israel will be safer if Hamas is part of any Palestinian government rather than being on the outside with nothing to lose by engaging in violence.