"From now on, we will define the Palestinian Authority as an enemy" [Israeli] Army Radio quoted a senior Israeli spokesman as saying Saturday, following the swearing-in of Hamas to the Palestinian Legislative Council.
I certainly hope so. A group dedicated to destroying you would seem by definition to be an enemy. But how will this translate into action? Will the Israelis cut off the PA from customs duty transferrs as some have suggested? On the face of it that seems not only logical but required. After all, how do you transferr money to an organization that does not recognize you?
On the other hand this will just allow the PA to use the "suffering of the Palestinian people" as propagnada against the "Zionist oppressors." It will be a reply of the Iraqi sanction debacle. Except this time Ahmas is a democratically elected governement. No one can claim that the "innocent populace" didn't have a choice.
Perhaps the Palestinians can learn a lesson most American college kids learn: if 90% of your budget comes from other people, it's best not to alienate them.