Hamas in Distress?

(Israel Hayom) Prof. Eyal Zisser - It has been 10 years since Hamas took Gaza by force and the local residents are paying the price for Hamas' isolation in the Arab world. These are no longer the days of Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt, and when Turkey and Qatar did as they pleased across the Arab world. Bereft of outside support and facing boiling distress at home, Hamas is considering handing over the keys to Mohammed Dahlan - Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' detested political rival - who could very well be the only one capable of turning things around in Gaza. Hamas hopes that Dahlan will suffice with the symbolic and powerless position of prime minister. But Dahlan is not a child, and with backing from Egyptian President Sisi - and perhaps with a wink and a nod from Israel, as well - he can pull the rug out from under Hamas. The writer, vice rector at Tel Aviv University, is former director of its Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.

2017-06-30 00:00:00

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