Technically, we haven't refused to recognize the new Palestinian government because it doesn't exist yet (parliamentary systems
are odd that way). Once the government is formed, we'll see what we want to do about who's actually in it.
Technically, we don't recognize Taiwan
as a separate state - it's part of China; that's our One China Policy
even though in every way save name, Taiwan is a separate country (and we've promised to protect them, though we've been "ambiguous" about just how far we'd go (nukes? well, maybe ...)). We don't have an embassy in Taipei, but we do have the American Institute in Taiwan
. So, do we recognize the Taiwanese government? Well, no, not officially (wink, wink, nudge, nudge
). I don't believe that Taiwan is recognized by the UN as a separate country either.North Korea
(DPRK) is another fine mess
. Technically, the Korean War
between the USA and the DPRK is not over (a state of war
still exists), and we're merely in armistice
with them. We don't have formal diplomatic relations with the DPRK, let alone have an embassy on their soil.
The point is that there are a whole lot of states that relations between states can be in at any time, from allies to warring, with a whole lot of grey in between.Hamas
is on the USA's list of terrorist organizations. The former party in power in the Palestinian Authority
, appears to have been thoroughly corrupt. Hamas has been spending a lot of time actually delivering services and showing real leadership in the towns. They were not expected to win the election, but the people of Palestine decided to throw Fatah out of power, and let Hamas have its chance to govern.
The move on our side is to decry Hamas' political platform ("destruction of Israel" and "Islamic State"), but see what they actually do, and deal with them on that basis. That's Realpolitik.
After all, both the Republicans and the Democrats say all kinds of things in their party platforms, but what they do usually has little or no relationship to that, once they're in power.