Is Hamas Preparing the Ground for a Compromise??

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The Hamas movement announced that PA ministers would cease their activities within the Hamas movement (Regular, Ha’aretz, 4/7/06). Government representatives requested that the new government be referred to as the “PA Government” and not the “Hamas Government” (Rubinstein, Ha’aretz, 4/10/06).

The Re’ut Institute contends that these declarations could be the first stage in a strategy designed to break off the international coalition against Hamas.

What is the Issue?

  • Israel and the international community presented the Palestinians with three demands: to recognize Israel, to reaffirm existing agreements and to end violence.​

  • The international coalition, created to pressure Hamas to accept these demands, has significantly decreased economic assistance to the PA.​

  • However, these actions could severely obstruct Palestinian economic activity and result in a humanitarian crisis or the dismantling of the PA.​

  • Moreover, should Hamas accept the demands or cede control over the PA, the PA’s ability to govern may be substantially damaged.​

  • The worse the economic situation in the PA becomes, the less stable the international coalition will be. There are already signs that it is beginning to unravel: see actions by Russia, France, China and India.​

  • Therefore, if Israel does not want to be held responsible for a humanitarian crisis or face the collapse of the PA, it needs to seek a way out from the maze.

 

Tags

Partner for Peace, Two State Solution, Legitimacy, West Bank, Gaza

2006-04-01

Point of View

National Security

Israel & The Palestinians

Members of the Quartet, that lead the international coalition, have no consistent mindset regarding the entity subject to the demands.

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