Can Palestinian Islamists Be Integrated into the Palestinian Authority?

(Guardian-UK) Hussein Agha and Robert Malley - Fatah, the secular, nationalist organization that has dominated Palestinian politics for decades, is worried, and Hamas, the radical Islamist organization branded a terrorist group by the U.S. and the EU, is gaining ground. The prospect of Hamas's political integration within the PLO and the PA has generated anxieties. Some fear that it will take control of Gaza or even the authority as a whole; that it will tie Abu Mazen's hands; or that it will upset the diplomatic process. But Hamas has a natural ceiling in the limited number of Palestinians that will back its hardcore Islamist positions.

2005-05-18 00:00:00

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