"America's Hidden Role in Hamas's Rise to Power"

Submitted by martin on 4 January, 2009 - 11:09 Author: Stephen Zunes

"[Israeli peace activist] Uri Avnery noted, "Our government has worked for years to destroy Fatah, in order to avoid the need to negotiate an agreement that would inevitably lead to withdrawal from the occupied territories and the settlements there."

Similarly, M.J. Rosenberg of the Israel Policy Center observed, "the fact is that
Israeli (and American) right-wingers are rooting for the Palestinian extremists" since "supplanting ... Fatah with Islamic fundamentalists would prevent a situation under which Israel would be forced to negotiate with moderates..."

Read more about the USA's and Israeli governments' backhanded support for Hamas as against secular, "two-states" Palestinian nationalism in Stephen Zunes's article on Alternet.

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