Israel is naturally full of praise for Fatah's overthrow of the West Bank government. This is what Ehud Olmert says:
A Palestinian government which is not a Hamas government is a partner and we will co-operate with it.
I hate to be obvious and everything, but it isn't really Olmert's business to say who the Palestinians should elect, or what government they should have imposed on them. I know it is old-fashioned and quaint to say so, but someone should notice when an Israeli Prime Minister indicates that he will pick and choose which Palestinian government to co-operate with, since that amounts to to the suggestion that Israel will only discuss terms with the Palestinians when their terms are sufficiently timid. Olmert's obligation is to co-operate with any government that the Palestinians choose to represent themselves with by providing, at minimum, an unoccupied contiguous state without colonies, with full economic rights and a truckload of compensation for years of war crimes. Such, of course, is more 'co-operation' than any Fatah government can expect. Curiously - whether befuddled or beguiled by the cliched dogshit about partnership - the implications of such open statements from the most senior political figures in Israel seem to elude our media.