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Title After Mecca : engaging Hamas
Published Amman ; Jerusalem ; Brussels : International Crisis Group, 2007


Description 1 online resource (iii, 40 pages)
Series Middle East report ; no. 62
Policy report
ICG Middle East report ; no. 62.
Policy report (International Crisis Group)
Contents Introduction -- The year of living dangerously -- The Mecca agreement -- Inside Hamas -- Conclusion: the way forward
Summary It has been a year since Hamas formed its government -- and what a dismal year it has been. The Islamists thought they could govern without paying an ideological price, Fatah that it could swiftly push them aside and regain power. By imposing sanctions and boycotting the government, the Quartet (U.S., European Union (EU), Russia, and UN) and Israel hoped to force Hamas to change or persuade the Palestinians to oust it. Washington promised security and economic aid to encourage Fatah to confront Hamas and help defeat it. The illusions have brought only grief. The 8 February 2007 Saudi-brokered Mecca Agreement between the Palestinian rivals offers the chance of a fresh start: for Hamas and Fatah to restore law and order and rein in militias; for Israelis and Palestinians to establish a comprehensive ceasefire and start a credible peace process; and for the Quartet (or at least those members inclined to do so) to adopt a more pragmatic attitude that judges a government of national unity by deeds, not rhetoric. The adjustment will not be comfortable for anyone. But the alternative is much worse
Notes "28 February 2007."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and appendices
Notes Title from PDF title screen (viewed July 25, 2007)
Mode of access: World Wide Web
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Subject Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah
Fatḥ (Organization)
Fatḥ (Organization)
Ḥarakat al-Muqāwamah al-Islāmīyah.
Politics and government
Palestine -- Politics and government -- 1948-
Middle East -- Palestine.
Form Electronic book
Author International Crisis Group.