Gaza and the Hamas problem

The Gaza Strip and the Levant
Gaza’s neighbors, Israel and Egypt, have blockaded the Gaza Strip to stem weapons smuggling and terrorist attacks (source: macpixxel for GIS)
  • 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.

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