Secretary Rice arrived in the Middle East today to discuss the future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suspended the talks to protest the Israeli incursions into Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has vowed to continue to do whatever is necessary to stop the rocket attacks on Israel by Hamas fighters in Gaza. Many argue that the peace process will not be successful until Hamas, a foreign designated terrorist organization, is brought into the discussions.
Should the U.S. engage Hamas as part of its efforts to bring about peace between the Israelis and Palestinians?