By Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather S. Gregg
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These communiqués provided Hamas with the opportunity to establish itself as an Islamic alternative to the secular PLO. In addition, Hamas derives legitimacy from its local activism and charitable activities, which began in 1973 and continue today. 37 In May 1989 the Israeli government arrested Sheikh Yasin. Hamas’s Gaza spokesman, Dr. Abdul Aziz Rantisi, and Yasin’s acting deputy, Ismail Abu Shanab, assumed leadership of the group without much diﬃculty. This seamless leadership handover would eventually become a key characteristic of Hamas.
Even though Hezbollah does not align with other Islamist groups ideologically, it may still coordinate with them. We will discuss the issue of pragmatic strategies in other chapters. Here, we emphasize merely that, despite the ideological disparities that appear evident 16 Cragin interview, Israeli counterterrorism experts, April 2004. 17 Soueid (1995), p. 62. Hezbollah and Hamas 11 between Hezbollah and the al-Qaeda network, some parallel interests exist. S. inﬂuence speciﬁcally. 19 Strategic and Operational Objectives Until May 2000, Hezbollah’s primary objective was to remove the Israeli military presence from southern Lebanon.
The primary inﬂuence, as discussed above, appears to be its relationship with local Palestinian communities and, to some extent, the Palestinian diaspora. But there are other important factors. For example, during the Gulf War, Arafat chose to side with Saddam Hussein. Hamas leaders, in contrast, openly criticized Saddam’s occupation of Kuwait. ” 51 For examples of such reports, see Ramati (1993), p. 2; and Emerson, (1992), p. 27. 22 Beyond al-Qaeda: The Outer Rings of the Terrorist Universe sponsorship (as in the case of Lebanese Hezbollah), these funds helped Hamas sustain its charitable and military activities.
Beyond Al-Qaeda, Part 2: The Outer Rings of the Terrorist Universe by Angel Rabasa, Peter Chalk, Kim Cragin, Sara A. Daly, HEather S. Gregg