Not just a citizens, but as a country as well. Our mantra is to go about spreading democracy wherever we may roam. But the moment you use that democratic right to vote in someone we don’t like, we turn around and tell you we wont deal with you? Bullshit. The Palestinian people voted. The winners of that vote are the duly elected officials of the Palestinian government. Whether we like it or not.
Jonathan Steele of the Guardian Unlimited made the same point:
Hamas’s triumph in Wednesday’s Palestinian elections is the best news from the Middle East for a long time. The poll was a more impressive display of democracy than any other in the region, outstripping last year’s votes in Lebanon and Iraq both in turnout and the range of views that candidates represented.
Today’s priority is to accept that Palestinians have spoken freely. They deserve respect and support.