#59 lakshmi. On the evolution of Hamas - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Ben Alofs
    • 12.07.07 | 23:15 (IDT)

    Hello lakshmi, there are considerable differences in the way Hamas and Fatah conduct politics. Hamas people transferred individual morality, consistent with Islamic values to their political activities (principles before interests), whilst the secular Fatah politicians operate on the basis of 'interests' alone. Arafat and the PA, welcomed to Gaza as 'brothers' by Hamas, exploited the latters' ethical stance. The PA police ruthlessly rounded up scores of Hamas activists and passed severe jail sentences on their leaders. In fact Hamas protected the PA police after the latter had shot and killed 14 Palestinians in the Palestine Mosque incident in November 1994. In the end Fatah paid the price with massive loss of popularity and Hamas won the elections. It did so by maintaining at least part of its moral principles in politics. But over the years the balance of principles and interests has somewhat shifted to the latter, as recent events have shown.

    from the article: Spoiling for a fight
    First published 00:00 12.07.07 | Last updated 00:00 12.07.07
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