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.