The Enemy Just Blinked – Why Hamas’s New Charter Is A Big Deal

The enemy just blinked - why Hamas's new charter is a big deal

OPED IN HAARETZ BY BJÖRN BRENNER Summary: After several years of internal deliberations, hundreds of thousands of Hamas members have agreed on substantial revisions to their organisation's 30-year-old founding document. The new text excludes anti-Semitic language and embraces a Palestinian state on pre-1967 lines. For Hamas, this amounts to nothing less than a departure from its original goals and a compromise with its thus far rejectionist ideology. Read the article in full here: The Enemy Just Blinked - Why Hamas's New Charter Is A Big Deal "At the end of the day, Hamas has not yet relinquished its arms and is…

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New Book Reveals The Local Politics Behind The Scenes In Gaza

New book reveals the local politics behind the scenes in Gaza

NEW RELEASE FROM I.B.TAURIS PUBLISHERS Björn Brenner, GAZA UNDER HAMAS: From Islamic Democracy to Islamist Governance (2017) This book reveals what happens behind the scenes inside the torn coastal territory, in Gaza under Hamas.       GAZA UNDER HAMAS - REVIEWS “In Gaza under Hamas, Björn Brenner provides an inside view of Hamas in power, based on extensive fieldwork alongside trenchant insights and incisive analysis. His book is an important contribution to the literature by greatly enhancing our understanding of the evolution of terrorist organizations from grassroots violence to formal governance.” Bruce Hoffman, Professor and Director of Security Studies, Georgetown University. Author of Inside…

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Relocation Of US Embassy To Jerusalem – Controversial And Dangerous

Relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem - controversial and dangerous

US president Donald Trump intends to relocate the US embassy in Israel from its current location in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Such a move would mean a shift in current US policy on the political and legal status of Jerusalem. It would also signal green lights to the Netanyahu administration for its current expansionist policy on settlement building in East Jerusalem and across the West Bank. While some parts of the international community nowadays recognise Israel's de facto authority over Jerusalem, nearly no other country in the world has yet recognised Israel's de jure authority over the city, not even…

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Swedish FM Margot Wallström’s Visit To The Palestinian Territories

Swedish FM Margot Wallström's visit to the Palestinian territories

On 15–17 December, Sweden's foreign minister Margot Wallström visited the Palestinian territories for bilateral talks with president of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas and Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki. According to a Swedish official statement, the talks focused on 'how Sweden and Palestine can deepen their relations following Sweden's recognition of Palestine, the importance of democratic development, respect for human rights and gender equality, and what can be done to strengthen hopes of a two-state solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security'. In an op-ed prior to her visit, PM Wallström outlined her intentions: 'I visit Palestine…

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