The militant Palestinian movement Hamas is sounding confident about its chances in the January 25 parliamentary elections. Wednesday saw more large rallies in Gaza and the West Bank, and prime minister and leader of the Palestinian’s traditional political party Fatah, Mahmoud Abbas, said he hoped Hamas would moderate its views if it entered a coalition
There was little of that on display as far as talking with their enemies was concerned for Hamas’s Mahmoud al-Zahar speaking in Khan Younis. “There would be no negotiation with Israel now, not tomorrow, not ever”, he said. Abbas’s comment seems to indicate he expects Hamas to gain in power, and near Nablus too the party was claiming inroads into Fatah territory thanks to an anti-corruption and incompetance campaign in which no mention is being made of the struggle with Israel.