Israeli annexation plans pose a tough situation for Hamas

Palestinians hold placards as they take part in a protest against Israel's plans to annex parts

With Israel heading for annexation in West Bank, Hamas has warned the former that this act would be taken as a “declaration of war”. However, Hamas must carefully weigh the pros and cons of a new fight at this stage, experts suggest.

Gaza Strip that is ruled by the Hamas, has witnessed frequent protests in last few weeks against the Middle East Peace Plan that has been proposed by US President Donald Trump. According to these proposals there can be a predicted annexing of West Bank by Israel. This would include West Bank settlements and the Jordan Valley. Jordan Valley lies 50 km from the Gaza enclave and is a Palestinian territory that has been occupied since 1967.

The decision over annexation is to be finalized by Israeli government from July 1. This latest challenge is pushing Hamas to work on its strategy as the clock ticks. Hamas, the Islamist group, has already fought three wars against the Jewish state of Israel since 2007.Palestinian analyst Adnan Abu Amer said, “There is no doubt that Hamas’ options are complex because any response to the annexation will have consequences for the Gaza Strip.”

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Mukhaimar Abu Saada, Political science professor at Gaza’s Al-Azhar University said, “Tensions at the border fence may resume, with the launch of incendiary and explosive devices.” A truce happened between Hamas and Israel in 2018, but still both sides frequently engage in fire trade, with rockets and inflammatory balloons from Gaza and Israel. The experts however, rule out any chances of military action by Hamas on Israel in case annexation moves forward.

Abu Ubaida, a spokesman of Hamas said, “The resistance considers the decision to annex the West Bank and the Jordon Valley to be a declaration of war on our people.” Reports suggest that Hamas is in coalition talks with other factions in coastal enclave. The aim is to “coordinate the resistance and resume the ‘return marches’.”

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