What Can Be Done Politically to Weaken Hamas

Palestinians deserve a chance to elect a decent government without corruption or terror. Political reform can make Gaza better, and Israel more secure. Here’s how it could happen.

A Palestinian in a coffee shop in Hebron on April 29, 2021 watches a speech by president Mahmoud Abbas. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images.

A Palestinian in a coffee shop in Hebron on April 29, 2021 watches a speech by president Mahmoud Abbas. HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images.

Elliott Abrams
Symposium
June 14 2021
About the author

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and is the incoming chairman of the Tikvah Fund.

America’s interests in Gaza are threefold: to alleviate the humanitarian suffering of the Palestinians living there, to strengthen Israel’s security, and to see an end to the control of the Gaza Strip by a terrorist group increasingly allied with Iran. Hamas stands in the way of all three, and the end of Hamas control of Gaza should underpin America’s strategy in the region over the coming years. How can this be won?

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