Hamas-Israel war may recruit for the next global wave of jihadism

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Israel - Hamas Conflict


Other analysts, however, question whether Hamas wants to generate international support or acted out of fear that it was becoming irrelevant as Arab nations moved towards peace deals with Israel. “They feared being sidelined and in some ways this was an attempt to reassert their relevance,” said Raffaello Pantucci of the Royal United Services Institute. “The scale of October 7 is different to anything Hamas did before but all terrorist groups want to do the big ‘spectacular’, it’s what they aspire to but usually they cannot pull it off.”