Hamas Seeks to Adopt the "Hizbullah Model"

(Israel Hayom) Prof. Eyal Zisser - It took Hamas ten years to completely ruin Gaza. Unemployment and poverty are rampant, quality of life is in sharp decline and infrastructure is collapsing. The first place Hamas has looked for a solution is Tehran, which is looking to bring the group back into its fold after several years of severed ties. At the same time Hamas is trying to turn the PA into a human shield to perpetuate its rule over Gaza. Hamas will permit the PA to resolve the electricity crisis in Gaza, while Hamas will still have ultimate say there and will be the only entity with weapons. Hamas is trying to mimic the "Hizbullah model." In Lebanon, the government maintains diplomatic relations with the international community and is responsible for the welfare of the population; Hizbullah, meanwhile, is the driving military force. The writer, vice rector at Tel Aviv University, is former director of its Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies.

2017-10-02 00:00:00

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