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However, in the end nothing is likely to change: Israel and Egypt will continue their blockade of Gaza, where Hamas will remain as the hegemonic force.Instead, Obama should also recognize Hamas as a legitimate interlocutor, alongside the Palestinian Authority, and stop opposing Palestinian unity.With a unity government bringing together the PLO and Hamas which would now be recognized by the international community, the Palestinian leadership itself would be in a much stronger position to negotiate with Israel and to accept the compromises necessary for a secure and lasting peace.Yet, for that to come about, the U.S. and the EU will need to reject Israel's discourse that Hamas is no more than a terrorist organization. Ironically, the Israeli government knows this, which is why, despite its own rhetoric, it does not want Hamas to be destroyed.An end to the blockade of Gaza by Israel and the Egyptian military regime – a key demand made by Hamas for a truce to come into effect – would also contribute to a more open and pluralistic society in which Hamas' hegemony could be more easily and democratically challenged.
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