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Hamas, the acronym for Harakat al-Muqawama al-Islamiyya, or the Islamic resistance movement, is a Palestinian terrorist organization mostly based in the Gaza and Jenin regions of the Palestinian territories. As a terrorist organization, Hamas has actively called for the destruction of Israel and its allies. Thus, from a security standpoint, Hamas is a threat to Israeli and Western democratic interests around the world. It presents a specific physical security threat to Israel as it continuously engages in campaigns of violence and attacks against Israel using any available means. Hamas also shares techniques and ideology with other terrorist organizations that threaten global interests. Like all terrorist organizations, the violence and obsession with destruction are a constant security threat, especially as Hamas’s ideology and viewpoints can inspire ...

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