Hamas Sees Opportunity in Discontent

(The Australian) Robert Bowker - Hamas is proving adept at riding the strongly Islamist political current. By failing to do so, Hizbullah is losing its credibility with the wider Arab street. Where Hamas has been astutely separating its popular standing from the violence of the Syrian regime against its own citizens, Hizbullah has been simplistic and outspoken in defense of the Assad regime. As the new mainstream of Arab politics, the Muslim Brotherhood and its regional counterparts will have a reasonable chance of building normalized relations with Europe and even the U.S., especially so long as its private assurances in regard to maintaining stable dealings with Israel are found to be credible. The writer is adjunct professor in the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University.

2011-12-30 00:00:00

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