- Hamas has totally mismanaged governance of the Gaza Strip
- Its insistence on attacking Israel has only isolated the tiny exclave
- Negotiations continue, but are unlikely to bring any sustainable change
In 2007, Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, wrested control of the Gaza Strip from the Fatah-led Palestinian National Authority in a bloody military coup. Ever since, the small tract of land has become a flash point for neighboring countries, especially Israel. The Islamist organization’s oft-repeated objective is the destruction of the Jewish state, and it frequently conducts attacks to further that aim.
Israel is blockading the Strip as a protective measure, but the blockade is not total: hundreds of trucks carrying staples transit daily through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, while people and cars pass through the checkpoint at Erez.