Peace with Hamas? The transforming potential of political participation

Jeroen Gunning

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One of the unresolved dilemmas in the Israeli–Palestinian peace process is whether peace is possible without, or feasible with, Hamas. This article seeks to explain why Israeli policies have thus far failed and why inclusion of Hamas in the peace process is more likely to produce a lasting peace. Using data drawn from interviews, fieldwork and surveys, and theoretical perspectives from peace, terrorism and social movement studies, the article analyses the evolution Hamas has undergone since its inception and how changes in its leadership, onstituency and political culture have affected the movement's attitudes towards peace and compromise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-255
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


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