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Thu Nov 2, 2023, 11:39 PM Nov 2023

Opinion A Brief History of the Netanyahu-Hamas Alliance


For 14 years, Netanyahu's policy was to keep Hamas in power; the pogrom of October 7, 2023, helps the Israeli prime minister preserve his own rule

Much ink has been spilled describing the longtime relationship – rather, alliance – between Benjamin Netanyahu and Hamas. And still, the very fact that there has been close cooperation between the Israeli prime minister (with the support of many on the right) and the fundamentalist organization seemingly evaporated from most of the current analyses – everyone’s talking about “failures,” “mistakes” and “contzeptziot” (fixed conceptions). Given this, there is a need not only to review the history of cooperation but also to conclude unequivocally: The pogrom of October 7, 2023, helps Netanyahu, and not for the first time, to preserve his rule, certainly in the short term.

The MO of Netanyahu’s policy since his return to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2009 has and continues to be, on the one hand, bolstering the rule of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, and, on the other, weakening the Palestinian Authority.


I am beginning to think that Bibi really doesn't care about the small part of land that is the Gaza strip - it's a distraction for the chance at a bigger catch: taking complete control of the west bank



Far-right Israeli Knesset Member Zvi Sukkot to Head Subcommittee on the West Bank

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Opinion A Brief History of the Netanyahu-Hamas Alliance (Original Post) radicalleft Nov 2023 OP
Important to keep this in mind. Let us not forget. EOM LauraInLA Nov 2023 #1
This is fairly well trod territory (as OP notes) stopdiggin Nov 2023 #2


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2. This is fairly well trod territory (as OP notes)
Fri Nov 3, 2023, 01:20 AM
Nov 2023

And the only caveat I would offer - is that I think this was always much more of a 'divide and conquer' strategy, than the 'alliance, cooperation' terminology that is sometimes employed.

(Perhaps the level of 'cooperation' here was much more hands on and material than I would suppose. But I have to admit I would be very surprised.)

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