Alan Johnston is released by Hamas
"The journalist was handed over to officials of the Hamas administration in the early hours of Wednesday morning." (BBC)
I think the release of Johnston was a political and public relations coup for Hamas, especially when contrasted against the inept and plodding inability of Fatah to do anything about it. Part of the attraction of Jihadi groups, at least to Western audiences, is their comparative efficiency. Moral shortcomings are often ignored by an admiration of efficiency. Mussolini was praised for making "the trains run on time" and the German autobahn was much praised by those who saw a vigorous Third Reich eclipsing the sad, worn out and decadent democracies of the West.