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The Palestinian Quest for Significance and Hamas Violence


The limits of economic rationality in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


  • Hamas’ recent attack on Israel reflects the group's commitment to violence as a means to mattering.
  • The repeated failure of economic initiatives aimed at appeasing the Palestinian people attest to this.
  • The need for honor and dignity often trump material considerations.

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Kruglanski, Arie W. 2023. “The Palestinian Quest for Significance and Hamas Violence.” Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/significance/202311/the-palestinian-quest-for-significance-and-hamas-violence.

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