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December 30th, 2008
09:28 AM ET

Has Israel revived Hamas?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/WORLD/meast/12/30/gaza.israel.airstrikes/art.gaza.children.afp.gi.jpg caption="Palestinian boys carry their belongings over the ruins of a house Tuesday after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah."]

Daoud Kuttab
The Washington Post

In its efforts to stop amateur rockets from nagging the residents of some of its southern cities, Israel appears to have given new life to the fledgling Islamic movement in Palestine.

For two years, the Islamic Resistance Movement (known by its Arabic acronym, Hamas) has been losing support internally and externally. This wasn't the case in the days after the party came to power democratically in early 2006; despite being unjustly ostracized by the international community for its anti-Israeli stance, Hamas enjoyed the backing of Palestinians and other Arabs. Having won a decisive parliamentary majority on an anti-corruption platform promising change and reform, Hamas worked hard to govern better than had Fatah, its rival and predecessor.

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  1. Cindy

    Hamas is just like al-Qaeda...they aren't going anywhere. They may lay low and regroup but they will come back trying to disrupt the peace as all terrorists do. To say that Israel is keeping them going is absurd. Their hatred and antisemitism is what keeps them going.

    Cindy...Ga.

    December 30, 2008 at 12:03 pm |