Bloody protests on the Gaza border will only buy time for Hamas in the sidelined Palestinian cause

Yahya Sinwar is a man used to being boxed in. The 55-year-old leader of Hamas in Gaza spent half his life in an Israeli prison cell for abducting and killing two Israeli soldiers. Today, the militant fighter finds himself in another tight spot with few good options. 

He is ruling over a desperate population of two million people in the Gaza strip. Unemployment is at 45 per cent – the highest in the world – and Gaza has only a few hours of electricity every day. In public, Gazans blame Israel for their woes but much of their anger about the situation is directed at Hamas.  

The Islamist groups’ international backers like Qatar, Turkey, and Iran are distracted with their own issues and have less…

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