"Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, appears to be undergoing a worrisome process of legitimization of late.
Over the past few months, Ismail Haniyeh has been meeting and greeting the heads of numerous “moderate” Muslim states, including Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain, where he has been received with much pomp and ceremony. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, accompanied by Qatar’s crown prince, Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, was, meanwhile, hosted at the end of January by Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
All of these meetings, even if they have only symbolic meaning, mark a change in the way states in the region view Hamas. In the past, Sunni Arab rulers nominally aligned with the West shunned Hamas. Sunni Hamas was forced to form allegiances with Alawiteruled Syria and Shi’ite Iran." Jpost
Hamas has offered Israel a long term, renewable, religiously sanctioned truce.
The US has Hamas on a "terrorist list?" This is a policy driven list. Did God write this list on stone tablets? Groups and countries come and go from the list. Wasn't Qaddhafi's Libya removed from the list for policy reasons by the Bush Administration? Do the neocons not seek the removal of MEK from the list for reasons of their own?
The truth is that Israel does not want Hamas to be part of a coalition with which it would make peace because Israel does not want to make a peace of equals. What it wants is a peace that involves Israel and the other side a collection of technologically primitive and economically crippled Muslim states that meekly accept the idea of Israeli hegemony in the Greater Middle East.
Note well that the story of this coalition leadership is being largely ignored in the US media. pl