I thought Hamas won the democratic elections, fair and square, but this particular expression of democracy was unacceptable to both Israel and other so-called western governments because the Palestinians had chosen the wrong representatives to lead them. Then Fatah, the party that had lost the election mainly because most Palestinians regarded it as hopelessly corrupt, were encouraged to seize power in what amounted to a coup d'Etat. They did, ousting the democratically-elected Hamas. Hamas, undermined in the West Bank then seized power in Gaza to prevent Fatah from seizing power there too.
Whether or not you agree with Hamas' politics, how fast history has been re-written