PIECED: Hamas, grown up

“Nearly four years after winning the 2006 elections, and two years after its gunmen overpowered Palestinian Authority forces to seize control of the Gaza strip, Hamas no longer acts like an opposition suddenly thrust into power. In a sense, it has become captive to its own success as it struggles now to reconcile the pressing needs of day-to-day governance with the ideology it preached in opposition, and to reconcile as well its Palestinian cause with its wider Islamic one, and its cult of guns and martyrdom with more pragmatic instincts.”

Which way for Hamas?

Palestinian children ride a Ferris wheel during a summer camp organised by the Hamas movement in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City June 22, 2009. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

Palestinian children ride a Ferris wheel during a summer camp organised by the Hamas movement in Shati refugee camp in Gaza City June 22, 2009. (REUTERS/Suhaib Salem)

Three viewpoints, essayed by Nicolas Pelham & Max Rodenbeck at New York Review of Books. (NYRB)

Advertisements



    Leave a Reply

    Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

    WordPress.com Logo

    You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

    Twitter picture

    You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

    Facebook photo

    You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

    Google+ photo

    You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

    Connecting to %s



%d bloggers like this: