Hamas’ restraint policy in the Gaza Strip: the results of the tension between Hamas’ jihadist ideology and pragmatic considerations, which include governmental obligations and Israel’s deterrent capabilities.

In the three and a half years which have passed since Operation Cast Lead, the Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip has maintained a policy of restraint regarding terrorist attacks.

Elections for Hamas’ Leading Institutions in the Gaza Strip – Results and Significance

In the middle of April 2012 secret elections were held for Hamas’ leading institutions in the Gaza Strip, with the following results

Hamas senior Mahmoud al-Zahar has recently given a vicious anti-Semitic speech to justify the elimination of Israel and the deportation of Jews from the “entire territory of Palestine”. The speech contains themes reminiscent of those found in Al-Zahar’s anti-Semitic book No Future Between Nations, found on board the Mavi Marmara.

Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar gave an anti-Semitic speech shown on November 5 on Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV (see Appendix I). In his speech, Al-Zahar reiterated the thesis (which was also the subject of his book) that Jews have “no future between nations”.

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