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Originally posted by Uncle Joe
By letting Hamas have a say in the politics you can drag them along a legitimate path, the way Sinn Fein did for the IRA. As well as setting an example of proper deomocracy.
Hamas is a powerful force in the region and by excluding them from politics you ask them to carry on atacking rather than try and thrash out a compromise at the negotiating table.
Israel Drops Its Hamas Vote Ban Proposal
Israel has pulled back from a policy opposing the participation of Hamas in January's Palestinian elections.
Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said it was not in Israel's interest to oppose Hamas' participation.
In September, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that his government would hinder voting in the West Bank if Hamas candidates stood in the election.
The largest and most popular militant group, Hamas has not previously contested parliamentary elections.
In recent municipal elections, it has emerged as a serious challenger to the mainstream Fatah movement of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.