It appears that the terrorist group Hamas has won the Palestian Authority election in a landslide:

Hamas won 76 seats in the 132-member parliament, while Fatah, which controlled Palestinian politics for four decades, won 43 seats, said Hanna Nasser, head of the Central Election commission. The 13 remaining seats went to several smaller parties and independents.
The result was based on a count of 95 percent of the vote and still could change slightly, Nasser said.
Hamas won 60.3 percent of the vote, said Ismail Haniyeh, one of the group’s leaders.
In his first remarks since the election, acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel won’t negotiate with a Palestinian government that includes Hamas members.
“The state of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian administration if even part of it is an armed terrorist organization calling for the destruction of the state of Israel,” said Olmert’s statement, issued after a three-hour emergency Cabinet meeting.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz said Israel will insist that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, popularly known as Abu Mazen, keep his commitments to disarm militants.
“Israel needs to act judiciously and responsibly,” Mofaz said. “We will continue to demand of Abu Mazen to meet his commitments and to disarm the terror organizations.”
Mofaz said that the U.S.-backed “road map” peace plan, which calls for the creation of a Palestinian state, is the “only existing path.”
Other Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum said there could be no relations with a group that has been responsible for scores of deadly attacks against Israelis and is listed as a terror organization by the United States and the European Union.
Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the opposition Likud Party, condemned the vote. “Today Hamastan was formed,” he said. Labor Party politician Ami Ayalon said Israel might have to change the route of its West Bank security barrier to take Hamas’ victory into account.

I’d say that at this point Natanyahu’s chances of heading the Israeli government are looking pretty good.
The United States of course lists Hamas as a terrorist organization, which it is. This makes it a crime for the U.S. government (or any American) to “provide funds or other material support” to Hamas, members of which are to be “denied visas or excluded from the United States.” (Makes “peace talks” rather tough, I’d say.)
But I expect to soon see apologists for Hamas springing up all over the place, as leftist support for fascist fundamentalists has become a fact of modern life.
MORE: Glenn Reynolds has a roundup, and so does Pajamas Media.