July 29, 2013 | Quote

Downfall of Hamas Possible After Brotherhood Falls in Egypt, Key to Successful Peace Talks

The key to success in the newly announced peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, is removing Hamas from power, a realistic aspiration now that its main benefactor, the Muslim Brotherhood, has fallen from power in Egypt, prominent American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg wrote, in a recent Bloomberg column.

“Both the Palestinian Authority and Israel see Hamas as a bitter enemy; both sides understand that Hamas is an impediment to peace talks. The end of Hamas’s rule — the Gaza Strip constituting about half of what would be a future Palestinian state — could set the stage for actual, fruitful negotiations,” Goldberg writes.

Goldberg cites an article written by Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force, in which he explains that Hamas is now more divided, hapless and isolated than ever before:”The new Egyptian government, and much of the public, take a decidedly dim view of Hamas,” Ibish wrote.

Goldberg also notes that Jonathan Schanzer, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explained in a recent Foreign Policy article how the U.S. could go about precipitating Hamas’s downfall by lobbying Hamas’s remaining benefactors in Turkey and Qatar to trim their funding.

Read the full article here.


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