Starving Out Hamas

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On Saturday, the newly elected Palestinian parliament will be sworn in, with Hamas in the majority for the first time. Hamas will not renounce violence or recognize the right of Israel to exist. So Israel plans to freeze $50 million a month in taxes and customs duties, money the Palestinian Authority needs to pay 140,000 employees, who support a third of the population. The US and Europe regard Hamas as a terrorist organization, which means a large portion of their aid to the Palestinians will be held up as well. Will that force Hamas to change its ways? If not, will Palestinian voters force change on their own? Would dealing with Hamas now be appeasing terrorism? Will anything less be punishing voters in a budding democracy? We hear more from journalists and scholars in the US and Middle East, experts in defense and foreign policy, and a Palestinian parliamentary candidate from the Gaza Strip.
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Warren Olney