Barack Obama has decided to take a more conciliatory approach (I'd say "appeasing", but that seems to make Democrats really mad).
From the Daily news, Barack Understands Hamas View:
"It's conceivable that there are those in the Arab world who say to themselves, 'This is a guy who spent some time in the Muslim world, has a middle name of Hussein and appears more worldly and has called for talks with people, and so he's not going to be engaging in the same sort of cowboy diplomacy as George Bush,'" Obama said in an interview with The Atlantic.
"That's a perfectly legitimate perception as long as they're not confused about my unyielding support for Israel's security," Obama said.
Oh, I don't think there's any chance they are confused about Barack's support for Israel. For example, on Israel's handling of Palestinian terror attacks from 2007:
"[N]obody is suffering more than the Palestinian people..." said Obama, "the Israeli government must make difficult concessions for the peace process to restart..."
Of course, Barack has said a lot of things supporting Israel lately, because the Jewish lobby is a vital part of the Democratic Party base.
But Hamas does not appear to be confused by election-year conversions. And with Barack showing so much "understanding" of Hamas, one can see why they like him so much.