Hamas Lowers the Flames of the Border Riots

(Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center) After almost two years of Gaza border marches, Hamas has concluded that the marches and their inherent violence have exhausted themselves. Hamas is interested in achieving a short-term arrangement with Israel. Moreover, the Gazans are showing signs of becoming tired of the marches, as there has been a consistent decline in the number of participants. ITIC assesses that Hamas has no interest in stopping the marches and would prefer instead to hold them less frequently and with a lower level of violence. Hamas wants to keep them as a means for exerting pressure on Israel. Moreover, Hamas wants to mitigate internal Palestinian criticism from both the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and from the Palestinian Authority. Yet Hamas has no interest in a long-term lull agreement that would mean giving up its fundamental principles.

2019-12-25 00:00:00

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