INSS By: Yoav (Poli) Mordechai, Michael Milstein, and Yotam Amitay
In recent years the Gaza Strip has undergone internal processes that in two main aspects reinforce the dead end
that currently characterizes the arena. The first is the ongoing failure of the Hamas government to create a reality
that extricates the Gaza population from the confines of poverty and neglect that they have long endured (even
to opinions about the conflict with Israel, compared to those of previous generations. As a result, in the future the
Hamas government is liable to be perceived by the new generation as a regime that does not understand or speak
its language and is not committed to provide for its needs. This in turn may well affect the stability of this region.
To be sure, this generation does not yet operate as a unified body, and to date there are only inklings of theoretical
organization. Nevertheless, one can argue that the Hamas movement is no longer the exclusive shaper of the
dominant mindset in Maj. Gen. Yoav (Poli) Mordechai is the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories;
he was formerly IDF Spokesperson and head of the Civilian Administration in the West Bank. Col. Michael Milstein,
formerly head of the Palestinian desk in the IDF Intelligence Research Division, is the advisor on Palestinian a!airs
to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Lt. Col. (res.) Yotam Amitay, formerly head of senior
evaluations in the IDF Behavioral Science Division and organizational consultant to the Central Command and the
Gaza Division, is a social psychologist and organizational consultant.