Search Results for "Hamas" : 21

by / on January 13, 2013 at 3:53 pm / in Opinion, World

A Modest Proposal

…es before. There is only one difference: this round of fighting has restructured the terms of engagement between Hamas and Israel, and the nature of the Israeli-Palestinian dynamic as a whole. No longer is Hamas an absolutely illegitimate actor on the international stage or in the Palestinian social sphere. Rather, it is quickly rising as a champion of the Palestinian cause and a natural ally of the many new Islamist forces in the region. Meanwhi…

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by / on January 19, 2013 at 4:18 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

My Humble Reply

…ritten just a few days prior, “A Modest Proposal.” In my article, I argue that Israel needs to consider engaging Hamas diplomatically in some capacity as an effort to prevent more Israeli-Hamas violence, and to help move the peace process forward. I contend Israel can no longer ignore Hamas on its flank, and that Israel has the opportunity to redefine its engagement with Hamas to “diplomacy,” rather than allow Hamas to continue to comfortably res…

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by / on January 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm / in Opinion, World

A Response to “A Modest Proposal”

…his piece published online on January 13, my fellow Middle East columnist Eliot Sackler argued that in light of Hamas’s supposed growing legitimacy and desire for progress, Israel should embrace a “pragmatic policy” and recognize Hamas as a political actor, adopting a policy of “engagement” as opposed to one of ”isolation.” The piece is admirable for its extensive research and tenacious attempt to propose something new. Some of the ideas are com…

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by / on November 18, 2012 at 11:21 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Israel and Gaza: One Size (Doesn’t) Fit All

by from the Israeli Defense Forces Once again, Hamas and Israel are on the brink. As Israel mobilizes its military for a possible ground invasion, Hamas refuses to back down. Air strikes light up the Gazan sky while rockets explode in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Surely, intermittent exchanges of rocket fire and violence have been a mainstay on the Gaza-Israel border for years now, but with the recent escalation of violence, war now appear…

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by / on November 23, 2012 at 5:43 pm / in Opinion, World

Rockets of Hate, For the World to See

…licate but hugely significant problem that I fear continues to haunt certain elements of the Palestinian people. Hamas, and its allies, by and large have a certain wrongheaded attitude towards human life, and towards Israel, that is anathema to the idea of peace and disastrous for hopes of a two state solution. Perhaps the greatest indicators of this disparity are the contrasting messages Israel and Hamas sent the other sides’ civilians during th…

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by / on February 27, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom: The Tangled Web We Weave

…and, by extension, policy that remotely invokes it, needs to be radically rethought. Consider, to say the least, Hamas: after the beginning of uprisings in Syria, Hamas left its headquarters-in-exile in Damascus. The organization was tight-lipped for a while about the reason, though many suspected it was due to increasing tension with the Alawite (and thus non-Sunni) Syrian regime run by the Assads, which has been cracking down on its people unde…

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by / on December 26, 2012 at 6:02 am / in Opinion, World

Both Right and Wrong

…e name of their country, became their protector and confidant, arbitrating the ceasefire deal Israel signed with Hamas. Secretary of State Clinton congratulated Morsi on his “leadership” and “responsibility,” and much of the Western world was thankful that Morsi did not side Egypt with Hamas, the combatant in that conflict that he clearly sympathized with more. Assuming a similarly pragmatic role this summer, Morsi ordered a military operation to…

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by / on November 23, 2012 at 5:46 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Wasted Blood

…decision to escalate did not come at a time of exceptionally high rocket fire or cross border violence. In fact, Hamas leaders had been making efforts to secure peace. As International Business Times reports: “According to Baskin, Jabari was “not an angel and not a righteous man of peace,” but had however reached the conclusion that the continuous hostilities between Hamas and Israel were detrimental to both parties and to Gaza’…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm / in Campus, Middle East, Protests, Student Stump

Arab Springs To No Avail

…mist parties to hijack their societies, then their nascent democracies will certainly fail. The 2006 election of Hamas in Gaza similarly shows how extremist groups often derail the development of democratic societies. Hamas limited Palestinians’ personal liberty and disrupted hopes for a just society. Hamas instituted a strict interpretation of Islamic law, enforcing a female dress code and criminalizing homosexuality. Far from promoting democrat…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm / in Middle East, World

With Arms Wide Open: The Threat of Iranian Arms Trafficking

by In February, the United States Navy and Yemeni security forces seized a shipment of allegedly Iranian-made shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles heading to Houthi insurgents in Yemen. Far from a one-time incident, it is symptomatic of a larger and more disturbing trend in the region. Through the Quds force—a mix of an intelligence agency and special forces— Iran has begun providing significant support to various groups across the Mi…

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