We have been getting a lot of questions about the history of Hamas, its ideological roots and objectives, its allies and rivalries, how it wound up in charge of Gaza, the origins of this war, and whether there could actually be a post-Hamas Gaza. For this tutorial, our guest is Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, who is senior vice president for research at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Jon previously worked as a terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, where he played an integral role in the designation of numerous terrorist financiers. Jon’s latest book is “Gaza Conflict 2021: Hamas, Israel and Eleven Days of War”. His other books include: “State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State”, and “Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine”, which is still the only book on the market that analyzes the ongoing Palestinian civil war.

Jonathan has studied Middle East history in four countries. He earned his PhD from King’s College London, where he wrote his dissertation on the U.S. Congress and its efforts to combat terrorism in the 20th century. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.

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