The right wing in Israel is most vocal these days, comparing Hamas to Hitler and other hysterical rantings. The reasons for the rise of Hamas are clear and have been gone over and over in the past few days-disillusionment over the ineffectual governing and deep corruption of the PA, and Israel's blatant unilateralism and ongoing land theft. The ideology of PLO is secular. It can compromise for historic change because it is not a religious movement. Hamas is the same, ideologically, as that of the Jewish fundamentalists who are hunkering down in Amona and the Old City market in Hebron. Two sides of the same coin and this is what will make things more difficult in the days ahead. For them this is not a political struggle, it is an existential one-the divine inheritance of the Jew and the divinely given "waqf' of the Muslim. Tactical maneuvering on the way to achieving the final goal is possible but ideological transformation? Unlikely. That's something they share in common.
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