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Hamas Positioned To Gain From Recent Increase In Gaza Violence Many view the increase in violence between Palestinians and Israelis as a certain sign that a third intifada is right around the corner. But regardless of whether they are right, some believe the terror group Hamas is the beneficiary of renewed protests and a weakened Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

“Hamas did not initiate the current round of hostilities, but the violence certainly helps its interests. Terrorism and the rising casualty tolls among Israelis and Palestinians bolster support for extremism on both sides, but especially among the Palestinians. The Palestinian public is fed up with the PA’s strategy of negotiations with Israel, and wants action. A cursory look at social media underlines where the winds are blowing: Explicit calls to harm Abbas appear openly on the Facebook pages of Palestinian men and women, not necessarily Islamists. This did not happen in the past,” reports Avi Issacharoff of the Times of Israel.

Part of their strategy, ironically, is to allow smaller protests that result in a handful of deaths while avoiding a larger-scale fight like last summer’s second intifada that killed upwards of 2,000. The question is how long Hamas will be able to maintain a balance between encouraging protests in the West Bank without getting drawn into war.

A Plan To Electrify Africa
Democratic Senator Chris Coons discusses the progress of the Electrify Africa Act, a bill that would authorize President Barack Obama’s Power Africa initiative beyond the current administration and aim to bring first time access to power to 60 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, and another bill to improve food security in Africa.

From Priest To Communist Dictator: The Rise Of Stalin
The Hoover Institution’s Stephen Kotkin discusses the road taken by Josef Stalin from potential priest to communist revolutionary and one of the deadliest dictators of the 20th century. The interview is a two-part session.

 

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