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A High PriceThe Triumphs and Failures of Israeli Counterterrorism$
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Daniel Byman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195391824

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195391824.001.0001

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Hamas Triumphant (2005–2008)

Hamas Triumphant (2005–2008)

(p.170) Chapter XII Hamas Triumphant (2005–2008)
A High Price

Daniel Byman

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Hamas's triumphant campaign in its fight with Israel during the years 2005–2008. It begins by looking at Israel's killing of Hamas founder Sheikh Yasin and its negligible impact on the organization. This is followed by a discussion of Hamas's agreement to a temporary ceasefire without any significant concessions to Israel. The chapter then considers Hamas's reoccupation of Gaza after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon withdrew Israeli settlers and soldiers from the area once and for all, uprooting settlements and pulling out the Israel Defense Forces. It also examines Hamas's political and organizational growth throughout the Second Intifada compared with other Palestinian groups such as Fatah, along with rocket attacks by the Qassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, on the town of Sderot near the border with Gaza. The chapter concludes with an assessment of Israel's counterterrorism after Hamas took over Gaza.

Keywords:   ceasefire, Hamas, Israel, Sheikh Yasin, Gaza, Ariel Sharon, settlements, rocket attacks, Sderot, counterterrorism

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