Is this good or bad? http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=worldNews&storyID=7177361 RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - The Islamic militant group Hamas made significant gains in Palestinian municipal elections, the first contested by the group sworn to destroying Israel, initial results showed on Friday. Unofficial results tallied from 24 of the 26 West Bank councils contested in the vote on Thursday showed that Hamas had won seven against 11 for the dominant Fatah movement. There was no overall control of the other councils. Electoral commission officials said they would announce results only on Saturday, but that Fatah had won about 70 percent of the vote overall. Hamas is boycotting a Jan 9. presidential election for a successor to Yasser Arafat. But the Islamists' showing in the council poll was certain to send a message of their strength to Mahmoud Abbas, a Fatah moderate who is almost certain to win the presidential poll and expected to revive peace talks with Israel.