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How one Hamas leader intends to reconcile with Fatah

Hamas leader Ahmed Yousef speaks to Al-Monitor about the movement’s relations with Fatah, Iran and the international community.
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Many, even Hamas’ political rivals, have described Ahmed Yousef as the most flexible, moderate and open of his peers.

Yousef, a former political adviser to Hamas' deputy political bureau chief in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, joined the Muslim Brotherhood in 1968. He is highly knowledgeable in political matters and an important figure in the history of the Palestinian cause and Islamist movements. He has published more than 28 books in Arabic and English, dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict and the affairs of the Islamist movement in Palestine and the Arab and Muslim worlds. Notable titles include “Contemporary Islamic Thought Transformations” (1983), “The Islamic Movement within the Green Line: Current Challenges and Future Horizons” (1987) and “Future of Political Islam: American Points of View” (2001).

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