This book considers the development of the relations between Russia and Hamas following the latter’s legislative electoral victory in 2006.
The book starts with discussing the backgrounds of the Russian interest in developing this relation, which was according to the book a pillar of a modern Russian approach to “interest-investments” in the Middle East region. The author, Wisam Abi ‘Isa, identifies the determinants of this relation on the side of each party, i.e. Hamas and Russia, then briefs its major stages and moments. He argues that Russia is aiming at a larger regional role in the Middle East, namely towards the Palestinian issue, and thus didn’t consider Hamas Movement a “terrorist” organization, but rather dealt openly with it and appreciated the Movement’s popular support and legitimacy in the Palestinian context.
Title: The Russian Stance Towards Hamas: 2006-2010.
The book notes that Russia’s relation with Hamas has peaked with the Russian president’s visit to Damascus and meeting with Khaled Meshaal (the Movement’s head of political bureau) in May 2010. This meeting is considered by the author a sign of recognition of the Movement’s legitimacy on behalf of Russia, and a Russian gesture to the world regarding Hamas’ power that should not be neglected or outdistanced in negotiations to settle the conflict. The movement that sustained four years