Senior Palestinian officials attending the World Economic Forum urged Israel and the world community to give Hamas a chance, suggesting they expected the militant group to change in the wake of its stunning election victory in the West Bank and Gaza.
"The international community should maintain (its) support of the Palestinian people if we are really seeking a prosperous region, a stable region, and would like to see a viable (Palestinian) state," Palestinian Economy Minister Mazen Sinokrot said Friday.
"Let's not assume that they're going to be in the Cabinet and then go and bomb in Israel," said Mohammad Mustafa, a top adviser to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas. "Let's not make that judgment."
Sinokrot added that "even the PLO in the past was a terrorist organization, and it sat with Israeli leaders, with international leaders. I think we have to give Hamas a chance, to see whether Hamas of yesterday will be the Hamas of tomorrow."