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Negotiating with Hamas? Try an Islamic Framework


Khaled Meshaal Since Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal’s interview with the New York Times last month, some analysts have sugggested that Hamas is becoming more pragmatic.

This new report from the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), which describes itself as a “nonpartisan, US Congress established and funded organization”, seems well timed then.

The report – titled “Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility” - explores the idea that Hamas might be influenced in negotiations by using an “Islamic point of view”.

The report suggests that “it is not inevitable that Hamas will accept coexistence” but that “acceptance [of Israel] is more likely if it is framed within its Islamic ideology.”