The article analyses the current situation in Gaza, after more than 5 years of Hamas administration. Palestinians who are interviewed say that, when they elected Hamas 5 years ago, they expected more of the party. They are disappointed that the economic situation only seem to have gotten worse, and that Hamas officials mainly work for their own interest. Nowadays, there are shortages of fuel and electricity and only those who are aligning with Hamas have been given proper jobs. Moreover, out of fear to loose their authority and in their wish to install strict Islamic rules, Hamas turned the Gaza Strip into a police state. Many Palestinians however oppose to the party’s wish to tell them what to do in their daily lives. There is also growing discontent with the fact that Hamas has seemingly abandoned the (armed) resistance towards Israel, which is now mainly carried out by the Islamic Jihad.
Meanwhile, on a political level, it is uncertain which direction Hamas will be heading to. Recent months have shown a shift in politics with Hamas leader Meshaal trying to line up with moderate Turkey and moving away from their long-term friend Syria.
Washington Post, United States