Objectives, Mechanisms and Obstacles of Hamas External Relations

Abdalhakim Hanaini, Abdul Rahim Bin Ahmad


The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has been trying to establish relations with countries all over the world since its foundation in 1987. The key principles of these relations were analyzed and discussed earlier in another paper. The current part is allocated to further examine the objectives and mechanisms of Hamas external relations as well as the major obstacles deterring Hamas from achieving its objectives. To get thorough information, this research employed the qualitative approach in which semi-structured interviews were conducted with Hamas prominent political leaders. It also utilized the historical and the descriptive analytical approaches to examine and analyze materials and documents attained from primary resources. It was found that in its external relations, Hamas has set up objectives with Arab and Islamic countries and others with other countries of the world. Among the mechanisms are the establishment of Hamas political bureau; constant official and non-official visits to countries; and correspondence and communication with countries’ ambassadors. Hamas has been facing self, local and international obstacles. To conclude, despite these obstacles, Hamas has been working a lot to achieve the objectives of its external relations. To some extent Hamas has achieved some objectives based on the context. Further quantitative and qualitative studies were recommended.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2016.v7n4p485

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