Only Tuesday did Hamas’ Mahmoud al-Zahar declare that until Fatah and Hamas have reconciled, no general elections could be held in the West Bank and Gaza. Al-Zahar and his organization have every reason to issue such statements and to try and maintain the split between Gaza and the West Bank.
This is not the kind of leadership likely to take more radical positions toward Israel. Most of its members have negotiated with Israel at one time or another. It might, however, pressure Abbas not to renew negotiations until construction in all settlements, including East Jerusalem, ceases. Most of the delegates also advocate a tough stance toward Hamas,