Hamas after Shaykh Yasin and Rantisi

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Abstract

This article paints a broad canvas of Hamas after almost four years of intifada and a relentless multipronged Israeli-U.S. assault against it. The movement's views and strategies are discussed with regard to suicide attacks, the intra-Palestinian dialogue and cease-fire negotiations, and conditions for a peace settlement. While Israel s assassination of leadership cadres has unquestionably dealt the movement a serious blow, the author argues that Hamas has nonetheless made three significant strategic gains: its "resistance project" - contrasting with PLO negotiations policies - has gained ground as a "national agenda"; Arab and Muslim support, fueled by rising outrage at US. and Israeli policies, has grown; and, most importantly, Palestinian support at the grass-roots level has never been greater, resulting in increased political weight even as the movement's military strength has declined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-38
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Palestine Studies
Volume33
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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