Shalit deal throws Hamas a lifeline

19.10.2011                      21.Tischrei. 5772                       Hoschanah Rabbah

Analyse:

Shalit deal throws Hamas a lifeline

Swap deal that freed abducted soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for 1,027 Palestinian prisoners is first significant achievement for Hamas since Gaza government established in 2006.

Tuesday showed that after nearly four years, Hamas has reared its head in the West Bank. It's doing so with Israel's help: The Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal has in many ways thrown Hamas a life preserver.
The organization, whose civilian and military infrastructure has almost completely disappeared from the West Bank in recent years – and support for it has tumbled – has been clever enough to register its first significant achievement since the Hamas government in Gaza was established in January 2006….