Unified P.A. sets up fight over U.S. aid - Jewish News of Greater Phoenix: "Under the reconciliation agreement, which the rival Palestinian factions signed in Cairo on May 4, they will form an interim Fatah-Hamas government to run the West Bank, which is now controlled by the Palestinian Authority, and the Hamas-run Gaza Strip. Parliamentary and presidential elections will take place within a year. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas has said he will not be a candidate.
Although the Obama administration has expressed its unhappiness with the unity agreement, it is not counting out the prospect of supporting a reconstituted Palestinian Authority in which Hamas plays some role.
Top Congress members from both parties have been more forthright: If Hamas joins the Palestinian government, there will be no more talk of moderates versus terrorists, they said. If that happens, the Palestinians can kiss goodbye their approximately $500 million in annual U.S. aid."