Discussion Papers

No.732 Hamas and the Gaza War of 2014:Developments since the Arab Spring in Palestine

by Aiko Nishikida

November 2018


This paper demonstrates the impacts of the Arab Spring on Palestine’s internal and international politics. It also indicates their links with the subsequent Gaza War in the summer of 2014. A special focus is on Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was already in power before 2011, though under pressure because of economic sanctions and denial of recognition. Considering such pressure, the associated developments can be explained as a natural consequence.

Keywords:Hamas, Arab Spring, Gaza War, Muslim Brotherhood, International relations

JEL classification:F50, N45

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