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Thursday, June 21, 2007 

What Hamas Wants

There is an oped in the New York Times, written by Ahmed Yousef, political adviser to Ismail Haniya, who became the Palestinian prime minister last year. He lays out the Hamas rationale for their actions in Gaza last week. He lives in Gaza City.

"The events in Gaza over the last few days have been described in the West as a coup. In essence, they have been the opposite. Eighteen months ago, our Hamas Party won the Palestinian parliamentary elections and entered office under Prime Minister Ismail Haniya but never received the handover of real power from Fatah, the losing party. The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, has now tried to replace the winning Hamas government with one of his own, returning Fatah to power while many of our elected members of Parliament languish in Israeli jails. That is the real coup."


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It is as refreshing as it is astonishing that a Hamas spokesperson should actually get to write an article in a North American newspaper. Kudos to The New York Times.

Bill, I agree totally. Since there will likely be no official talks with Hamas, this oped allow those of us who are watching the situation to have a better understanding of where they are coming from and what their view of events are.
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