The truth is, I was surprised by Hamas this time, the organization and the governance, the language and the style and above all, the political skill. Perhaps this is the only occasion where I praise Hamas, and I, like many, am always critical of the extremist organization due to the chaos and crises it has caused, the opportunities it ruined and implicating its people in the process, inside the Gaza Strip and outside it.
What surprised us about Hamas regarding the truce deal with Israel is that it showed it has more political skill than others. It will gain a lot for a small price. If the deal succeeds, it will have survived a suffocation process aiming to eliminate it, and will prove that it is wittier than its rival, the Palestinian Authority, and wittier than the old Fatah Movement which has monopolized Palestinian strategic decision-making since the 1970s.
The Palestinian Authority became Hamas and Hamas became the Authority. In Ramallah, Abu Mazen’s consultants were saying Hamas and Israel will not meet and when they met they said it’s impossible that they will reach an agreement. But here they are agreeing, and Ramallah is still taking a napAbdulrahman al-Rashed