In the Palestinian Authority, not the United States.
That raises some obvious questions about democracy and the Two State Solution.
Hamas won the last round of legislative elections and its Prime Minister represents the legal government of the Palestinian Authority, not Fayyad, who was appointed by Abbas’ Western backers. Abbas’ rule has been based on an illegal emergency decree that has gone on for six years now.
But at some point the Palestinian Authority will need to hold elections. It has held very few of them so far because Fatah is afraid of Hamas. But if Palestinian statehood is approved and legal elections are held, then the Islamists will beat the Arab Socialists just like they did in Egypt. And what then?
Negotiating with Abbas and the current leadership of the Palestinian Authority is a sham, not only because they’re dishonest liars, but because they are not the actual government of the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is. And in an election, Hamas will win.
A Two State Solution can only be built with an undemocratic Palestinian Authority. It cannot work with a Palestinian Authority that holds open elections.
So the question for Two State Solutionists is do they support Hamas or do they support an undemocratic Palestinian Authority? Because those are the only two possible outcomes.