Hamas Vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 11, 2008 - History - 239 pages

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now, this careful exploration of Middle East history over the last two decades reveals that the Palestinians have long been a house divided. What began as a political rivalry between Fatah's Yasir Arafat and Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin during the first intifada of 1987 evolved into a full-blown battle on the streets of Gaza between the forces of Arafat's successor, Mahmoud Abbas, and Ismael Haniyeh, one of Yassin's early protégés. Today, the battle continues between these two diametrically opposing forces over the role of Palestinian nationalism and Islamism in the West Bank and Gaza.

In this thought-provoking book, Jonathan Schanzer questions the notion of Palestinian political unity, explaining how internal rivalries and violence have ultimately stymied American efforts to promote Middle East peace, and even the Palestinian quest for a homeland.

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Contents

The Roots of Hamas and Fatah
13
Hamas Fatah and the First Intifada
23
Hamas under Fire
31
Hamas Fatah and the Oslo Years
37
History Repeats The 2000 Intifada
49
Fitna
65
Hamas Digs In
79
Prelude to War
95
The Threat of alQaeda in Gaza
131
The GazaWest Bank Split
143
Annapolis and the Hope for Peace
155
The Effect of Sanctions
163
The Winds of War
173
The Prospects for Change from Within
181
Between Fitna and Fulfillment
191
About the Author
197

Hamas Conquers Gaza
107
Fatahs West Bank
121
Index
237
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About the author (2008)

Jonathan Schanzer is the director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center. He has served as counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Department of Treasury and as a research fellow at Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he authored the book Al Qaeda's Armies: Middle East Affiliate Groups and the Next Generation of Terror. He has appeared on Fox News, CNN, and Al-Jazeera. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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