Dov Waxman explains why Chuck Hagel's support for U.S. engagement with Hamas makes sense for Israel.
Dov Waxman is an associate professor of political science at Baruch College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He is the co-author of Israel’s Palestinians: The Conflict Within (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and the author of The Pursuit of Peace and the Crisis of Israeli Identity: Defending / Defining the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006).
A Hamas-Fatah unity government has been considered an anathema even by liberals. But Professor Dov Waxman suggests that making Hamas a part of the accepted Palestinian government is in Israel's best interest.