For the Palestinian people and cause, however, Hamas' policies are
disastrous. They have split the Palestinian movement into two
irreconcilable camps, led to international isolation and the blockade
of Gaza, fueled extremism on the Israeli right and undermined
international confidence that Palestinians really seek a negotiated
peace with Israel. What Palestinians urgently need is an end to the
occupation, which can only be achieved through a two-state solution.
The last thing they need is for their cause to become the centerpiece
of a regional Islamist campaign to topple governments or a plaything in
the hands of a cynical Iranian hegemonic agenda.