The Rise of Hamas: Implications for Palestinian Politics
Bornstein, Rebecca York
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This paper seeks to explain the electoral victory of Hamas in the Palestinian Authority's second elections, held in January of 2006. This revolution of sorts transpired as the result of years of ideological evolution, both within Palestinian nationalism and broader, pan-Arab movements. As Hamas enters its second year at the head of the Palestinian power structure, it remains to be seen whether the organization is capable of translating fully to the political arena and effecting change through competent rule. Considering the multiple facets of Palestinian politics, I argue that Hamas has a number of daunting tasks ahead of it: it must secure funding, create a stable government in collaboration with Fatah, and solidify its ideological objectives in the comprehensive context of its geopolitical surroundings.