Hamas and Hizbullah

Hamas and Hizbollah are the two most famous of the religious groups - Hamas operating in Gaza and the Weat Bank; Hizbollah in Lebanon. The study argues that both Hamas and Hizbollah are significant because they are part of a movement that is attempting to radicalize the whole Arab world.

Stephen Pelletiere, Hamas and Hizbollah, University Press of the Pacific, 2004.

More and more Arab societies are being buffeled by economic forces. This study argues that in large measure the increased activism is due to the appearance of radical religious groups that have exploited the popular discontent, focusing in particular on the youth. Unable to find jobs yiung people lack hope. Even the prospect of a furfilling family life is remote as long as they are unemployed.

Hamas and Hizbollah are the two most famous of the religious groups - Hamas operating in Gaza and the Weat Bank; Hizbollah in southern Lebanon. The study argues that both Hamas and Hizbollah are significant far beyond any isolated kidnappings or terrorist bombings. They are part of a movement that is attempting to radicalize the whole Arab world.

This study seeks to alert U.S policymakers abd military leaders to the larger potential danger posed by the groups. The U.S military should take need, the study finds, because of a recent proposal to station U.S forces in the very center of the radicals'area of operation.


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