Apr. 21, 2017
Signs of Tension within Hamas in Gaza(Economist-UK)
These are tense times in Gaza, after the assassination on March 24 of Mazen Fuqaha, one of Hamas’ military commanders.
Earlier this month three men were hanged in Gaza as collaborators with Israel. All three were arrested long before Fuqaha’s death, but their hasty executions were a sign of how badly the hit had rattled Hamas.
After four ruinous wars against Israel, there are signs that Hamas wants a policy change.
The group is debating a major revision of its founding charter of 1988. Israeli officials think the changes are a sign that part of the political wing is open to a long-term truce that would avoid another conflict.
“What interests me is not what they’re doing, but the fact that they feel the need to do it,” says one intelligence official.