Good points, Livingod. Hamas' recent statements seem to point to the changes coming:Livingod said:I agree with Bilal very much, the Palestinians probably felt threatened by Israel (undoubtedly from the history of the nation from the 6 Day War forward) but the Hamas will definitely turn it down several notches, now that they're playing with biggers boys now... The Hamas is no longer a terrrorist organisation and from now on I doubt that it will act like one.
And an extract from another analysis:Mr Meshaal said in the Syrian capital, Damascus, that Hamas had no plans to disarm.
"As long as we are under occupation then resistance is our right."
He said Hamas was ready to "unify the weapons of Palestinian factions, with Palestinian consensus, and form an army like any independent state... an army that protects our people against aggression".
But Mr Mashaal also said Hamas would abide by current agreements with Israel "as long as it is in the interest of our people".
Hamas leaders were talking and acting tough so long as they remained out of power. But once they form government, the heavy responsibility on their shoulders for the good of their people will very probably sober them to the point that would make them suitable for continuing the peace process with Israel. Once in power, Hamas will realize that it has responsibility to the people who elected them and that includes not leading them to utter destruction and humility by rejuvenating a full-fledged military confrontation with Israel but that they should explore the possibilities for a live and let live relationship with their Israeli neighbour. As it is, some Hamas leaders have been taking pains to underline that they have, after all, a basis for coexistence with Israel. Previously, they were unacceptable to Israel and the US for wanting the destruction of Israel. But now these Hamas leaders are no more saying that they would not rest till the destruction of Israel but that their main aspiration or goal is the ending of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Thus, Hamas appears to have already shifted from its earlier position of completely denying Israel’s physical right to exist to one of withdrawal of Israeli forces from their territories. This position is not much different from the one held by the Fatah party.