Why did Gazans elect Hamas, instead of a moderate leadership?

Because the moderates have been trying for years to achieve something, anything, and all they have received is humiliation and Israeli rejectionism.

Hamas at least won the release of 1,000 prisoners and also preserved a measure of self-respect, even at the terrible price that the desperate Gazans are now willing to pay. What has Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas brought his people? Nothing. A photo op with Barack Obama.

Opinie van Gideon Levy, Nederlands onderzoeksjournalist, geschreven voor  Haaretz.

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