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Former Hamas Mouthpiece: Gaza Coup was a Mistake

Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas’s violent takeover of Gaza in June was a “serious strategic mistake,” a former Hamas government spokesman wrote in a scathing letter posted on a Fatah website. Read the entire article in the Jerusalem Post.

It’s rare for Hamas members to air internal disagreements. As such, the 5-page letter by the former spokesman, Ghazi Hamad, may not have been meant for publication. Hamad quit his post after the violent coup. He wrote that Hamas paid a high price for the takeover of Gaza, including increasing international isolation and even tighter economic sanctions.

For more on the fallout from the Hamas takeover of Gaza, read the latest issue of inFocus Quarterly. Dr. Rory Miller’s piece, among others, explains how the Hamas takeover has put Hamas in a corner with the Europeans.