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Analysis: Hamas juggles political need with founding principles



Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal

Hamas has recently changed its ideological and political views. Founded with strong religious ideological roots, it has recently been obliged to filter its attitudes to match political changes. Naji Shurrab, a professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza says “Hamas is looking for international and regional legitimacy. It knows that the gate to this legitimacy is its political attitudes and so it tries to have more realistic and flexible attitudes.”

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has more then once stated that his party would adopt popular non-violent resistance. Nevertheless, Hamas continues to deliver hard-line speeches. Analysts say that the party has to compromise between their domestic followers which it presents to as a resistance faction, and the international world that expects them to stop military activity.

Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC), Palestine

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