Hamas’s Strategic Turnaround: Why is this Military Clash different from all other Previous Clashes
Point of View No. 89
In this document, the Reut Institute claims that the present military clash in Gaza demonstrates a strategically important turning point in Hamas’s self-perception of its role in the Palestinian national movement, especially regarding its approach towards the PLO.
The war is in fact an implementation of Hamas’s “Plan B,” created in the event of cancelled Palestinian elections. Hence, this current bout of fighting differs from preceding rounds because it does not solely deal with “tactical” issues related to the Gaza Strip. This perception may have implications on the fighting’s length and conclusion, as well as on the working assumptions and agenda of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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