Hamas, the Islamist militants governing Gaza, have good reason to favor Netanyahu, despite the damage he has dealt to the Palestinian cause
Muhammad Shehada is a writer and civil society activist from the Gaza Strip and a student of development studies at Lund University, Sweden. He was the PR officer for the Gaza office of the Euro-Med Monitor for Human Rights.
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