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Palestinians Embrace Hamas as Legitimate Power

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Palestinians Embrace Hamas as Legitimate Power

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Palestinians Embrace Hamas as Legitimate Power

Palestinians Embrace Hamas as Legitimate Power

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Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh at a news conference in Gaza, Feb. 12. Reuters hide caption

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Hamas' landslide victory last month brings the group to the forefront of power in the Palestinian territories. Israel refuses to negotiate with Hamas; it, the United States and Europe call the group a terrorist organization.

But many Palestinians see Hamas as a legitimate force fighting Israeli occupation and see Hamas-backed charities as models of "clean" and efficient rule — in contrast to the corruption of the secularist Fatah movement that dominated Palestinian politics for 40 years.

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