The Palestinian Hamas

Hamas is essentially a social and political organization, providing extensive community services and responding to political realities through bargaining and power brokering.

Shaul Mishal and Avraham Sela, The Palestinian Hamas: Vision, Violence, and Coexistence, Columbia University Press, 2000.

In The Palestinian Hamas, Mishal and Sela show that, contrary to its violent image, Hamas is essentially a social and political organization, providing extensive community services and responding to political realities through bargaining and power brokering.

The authors lift the veil on Hamas's strategic decision-making methods at each of the crucial crossroads it has confronted: the Intifada and the struggle with the PLO, the Oslo accords and the establishment of the Palestinian National Authority, and the choice between absolute jihad against Israel and controlled violence.

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