Abstract

Abstract:

The surprise victory of Hamas in the 26 January 2006 Palestinian Authority parliamentary elections has captured worldwide attention and raised major questions about the direction of Palestinian politics and the future of Israeli-Palestinian relations. By giving Hamas a parliamentary majority, Palestinian voters were neither endorsing extremism nor rejecting the peace process. Other Palestinian institutions have the potential to restrain Hamas, but there is a risk that it will turn to Iran or Syria for help. A Hamas-led PA aligned to an Iranian-Syrian axis could lead to either the collapse of the PA or the end of the Palestinian democratic experiment.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 116-130
Launched on MUSE
2006-07-11
Open Access
No
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