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The Roots and Consequences of Hamas' Strategy

| Oct. 14, 2023

Hamas' brutal attack didn't come from a vacuum; it was the result of a decades-long "axis of resistance" strategy.

That the current war in the Gaza Strip poses a clear existential threat to Hamas and potentially to the entire Palestinian cause is abundantly clear. But the current conflict, Israel’s pronounced intent to wipe Hamas off the face of the earth, even if this means a months-long war, will have profound long-term implications for any actor with a stake in the postwar balance of power and regional order in the Middle East. Israel’s purpose and identity as a viable country for and protector of the Jewish people are at stake. But the vital interests of the entire Iranian camp in the Middle East—the self-described “axis of resistance,” of which Hamas has become a key member in recent years, are also hanging in the balance. 

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For Academic Citation: Sobelman, Daniel.“The Roots and Consequences of Hamas' Strategy.” The National Interest, October 14, 2023.

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