With Hamas set to play a role in Palestinian government, Israel is already bracing itself for confrontation. The militant group has insisted it will not change its charter, which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. Interim Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel would refuse to negotiate with a Palestinian government that was not committed to fighting terror.
While many Israelis fear for peace talks, others say Hamas will be less of a threat in office.
“I think it is better for if Hamas have power in politics and they gain seats in the elections rather than not gaining anything and therefore they will have to use other sources of powers which would mean that they will resort to violence,” said Ari Lifshitz, a resident of Jerusalem.
In spite of concerns over the future direction of peace talks, Israel says it remains committed to the implementation of the US-backed road map.