August 4, 2014

For Hamas, Gaza War Is Step Toward West Bank

Hussein Ibish, The National

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There are at least two ways Hamas might be trying to parlay the current conflict into a greater presence in the West Bank. First, if it can emerge with tangible benefits, whether political or strategic for the organisation, or deliverables for the people living under their rule, their message of “resistance” will gain a great deal of traction against the PA policy of peaceful negotiations. Second, if Hamas can somehow engineer a third intifada in the West Bank, or if one erupts spontaneously, it’s almost certain that this will almost immediately become violent and the organisation could quickly manoeuvre to play a leading role.

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TAGGED: Israel, Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, Hamas, Palestine, Palestinians, West Bank

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