Will Palestinian Reconciliation Reduce Hamas’ Cash Flow?

Putting the brakes on Hamas.

When the Palestinians’ two rival governments announced their latest reconciliation deal last month, it raised two obvious questions. The first was whether it would actually be implemented, given that countless similar agreements have been announced with great fanfare only to collapse into renewed feuding between Hamas in Gaza and the Fatah-run Palestinian Authority. But the truly critical question–for Israel and for anyone else who doesn’t want another war in Gaza–was how the deal would affect Hamas’s finances if it were implemented. On that front, Wednesday’s developments offered short-term encouragement. The longer-term outlook, however, remains troubling.

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Will Palestinian Reconciliation Reduce Hamas’ Cash Flow?

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