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Hamas Closes 2013 with a Whimper

Back in January 2013, Osama Hamdan (C), member of the Political Bureau of Hamas arrived without a problem in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah through the border crossing with Egypt. Hamas now finds the new regime in Egypt is not nearly as easy to deal with.

Back in January 2013, Osama Hamdan (C), member of the Political Bureau of Hamas arrived without a problem in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah through the border crossing with Egypt. Hamas now finds the new regime in Egypt is not nearly as easy to deal with.
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Should Egyptian pressure lead to the collapse of Hamas, Gaza’s problems are unlikely to be solved overnight. The Palestinian Authority will find it difficult to assert itself in the Gaza Strip, while smaller and more radical jihadi groups could mushroom amid the vacuum. Crucially, in neither the West Bank nor Gaza has a political force emerged to give Israel confidence in the negotiating process. For the foreseeable future, then, Gaza will retain all the trappings of a failed state but with a diminished capacity to wage terror.

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About the Author: Ben Cohen is the Shillman Analyst for JNS.org. His writings on Jewish affairs and Middle Eastern politics have been published in Commentary, the New York Post, Haaretz, Jewish Ideas Daily and many other publications.


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