Twenty-nine Democrats signed a letter to Obama urging him to stop US aid to Palestine if Hamas joins the government. Theoretically, the measure can pass the Senate easily since Republicans approve of sanctions.
In practice, this is nonsense. Hamas’ people in the PA government will be technically independents. Indeed, the Fatah-Hamas agreement provides for such a ‘government of technocrats,’ a transparent way for Hamas’ membership to evade sanctions.
On the other hand, why should the Americans be more supportive of Israel than our own government, which has more or less accepted the Fatah-Hamas pact?