Yesterday, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy released a short and sharp article highlighting that although Hamas have recently suggested that they are open to a ceasefire with Israel, there has been no discernable change in their violent and supremacist ideology.
In late June the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) released a report entitled “Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility”, an analysis of the ideological and political background of Hamas, and the question of whether they should be engaged with and brought into the mainstream political fold.
I have recently written about the British government’s misguided strategy of seeking to engage with Hamas and Hezbollah, in the hope that this will coax them into moderation. This debate was re ignited in May of this year when junior Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell stated in Parliament that the government was “exploring the possibility of limited and considered contacts” with Hezbollah’s ‘political wing’.
The British and Israeli novelists Howard Jacobson and A.B. Yehoshua discuss the new wave of anti-Jewish rhetoric with Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson
‘Gaza saw for the first time the mobilisation of young British Muslims, sometimes on behalf of Hamas’
‘While history can tell us a great deal about the evil ideology can wreak, sadly the power of ideology is far from being history’