TITLE

Now Comes Power--With Responsibility?

AUTHOR(S)
Gee, John
PUB. DATE
April 2006
SOURCE
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs;Apr2006, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p17
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the views of the author on issues related to the success of the organization Hamas in the recent Palestinian elections. Until now, Hamas has had power without responsibility. It had a strong armed wing, and could mobilize tens of thousands for its street protests. It represented a minority politically, but a very substantial one. It was in a position to criticize all the failings and mistakes of the established Palestinian leadership without having to prove that it could do better. Following the elections, Hamas could simply stand by its past policy of refusing to negotiate with Israel, on the grounds that to do so would confer legitimacy upon it.
ACCESSION #
20195774

 

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