Thursday, May 5, 2011

Hamas Pact Shows 'Arab Spring' Strains

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Israel hammered a Palestinian reunification deal as a "victory for terrorism" because it would admit Hamas to a recognized government. But polls and some analysts suggest the accord signals less of a triumph for Hamas than the group's vulnerability to the "Arab Spring."

As the main Fatah and Hamas factions signed the deal Wednesday, crowds gathered in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip to wave flags, honk horns and shoot off fireworks to celebrate what they hope will strengthen their hand against Israel.

"Our real battle is with Israel, not the Palestinian people," said Hamas leader Khaled Meshal, in a speech during ...

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