Gaza and Hamas

from Council on Foreign Relations
Published on 16 May 2018 View Original

Blog Post by Elliott Abrams

This is a painful week to be a leader of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas--and a much worse week to be living under its rule.

Israel left Gaza in 2005, and in 2007 Hamas seized control by overwhelming the (much larger) Fatah forces. Eleven years of Hamas rule have brought nothing but violence and repression to the Palestinians who live there.

Hamas might have decided to improve the economy and offer Palestinians tired of Fatah’s corruption and inefficiency an decent alternative. Instead it has focused only on attacking Israel and maintaining its fantasy of “return” and the destruction of the Jewish state.

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