November 19, 2012

Hamas' Miscalculation

Barak Mendelsohn, Foreign Affairs

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To some extent, Hamas had a political interest in perpetuating the siege idea, which could be used to foment anger against Israel and drum up popular support. Further, it made sense for the movement to preserve some limitations on the movement of goods into Gaza, since the smuggling industry lined its coffers. Thus, although life in Gaza might not have been all that pleasant for Gazans, Hamas wanting to break the siege is not a compelling explanation for its renewed violence against Israel.

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TAGGED: Middle East, Israel, Palestine, Gaza Strip, Gaza, Hamas

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