¿Ganará Hamás la paz?

WASHINGTON, DC – Por generaciones, los palestinos recordarán la terrible guerra en Gaza con dolor y amargura, Pero todavía no es posible ver cómo recordarán a Hamás. Si Hamás puede cantar victoria, y si los palestinos le creerán, dependerá del tipo de alto al fuego que finalmente se acuerde, si es que se llega a un acuerdo formal al respecto. En consecuencia, cómo se ponga fin al juego es algo de crucial importancia tanto para Israel como para Hamás.

Por el momento, la mayoría de los palestinos perciben a Hamás como la víctima de una guerra emprendida para obtener su rendición. Después de todo, este movimiento fue elegido democráticamente, pero se le prohibió gobernar y se lo sitió en Gaza. Al mismo tiempo, se acusa al Presidente palestino Mahmoud Abbas de ponerse del lado de Israel para recuperar su autoridad perdida en Gaza.

La guerra expuso fallos en el juicio de Hamás, que aparentemente no previó una confrontación abierta y completa con Israel cuando se negó a renovar el alto al fuego de seis meses. Con Gaza sufriendo las consecuencias de un prolongado sitio, el líder de Hamás Khalid Mashal señaló que no tenía sentido una nueva tregua, puesto que la que había caducado "no había servido para levantar el sitio de Gaza". Otros líderes señalaron que Hamás "levantaría el sitio por la fuerza".

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