February 19, 2013

U.S. Still Paying for Bush's Clueless War on Hamas

John Judis, The New Republic

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Israel and the United States believed that by depriving the PA of the funds it needed to pay workers and dispense welfare, it could bring down the government. Abbas would call new elections and this time Fatah would win. But Israel and America’s strategy backfired. By denying the PA funds, it initially crippled Abbas and Fatah’s patronage base and security force. Hamas, meanwhile, whose sources of funding in the United States were drying up because of federal prosecution, turned to Iran for support, and Iran’s funding allowed Hamas to pay its fighters and to maintain its own system of clinics and schools. Hamas retained its political support, while Fatah continued to lose ground.

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TAGGED: Israel, Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Authority, Palestine, Palestinians, Hamas, Gaza, George W. Bush

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