The Islamist Hamas movement celebrated its 24th anniversary last week, with a mass rally in Gaza City that carried a clear and defiant message. “Armed resistance is the way, and it is Hamas’s strategic choice to liberate Palestine,” declared Ismail Haniyeh, the movement’s leader in Gaza. For the first time in many years, however, the bellicose rhetoric and macabre statistics sounded strangely hollow. Some believe the group is now willing to renounce violence altogether.
Financial Times, United States