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Long seen as a violent organization, Palestinian Islamic Jihad has been reinventing itself.Eight years of Palestinian political division led by Fatah and Hamas had created a political vacuum.Since then, PIJ leaders have been holding continued talks with both Fatah and Hamas and convened seminars and workshops to stress the consequences of Palestinian discord.This seemingly gave it better connections with Egypt than Hamas has, given that Israel – recognizing its military capabilities and popularity within Palestinian society – was willing to negotiate with the PIJ through Egypt.The fall of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt in 2013 had a particularly negative impact on Hamas in Gaza, but the PIJ maintained and fostered relations with President Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi and other Egyptian political groups.Accordingly, young charismatic leaders are working at all political levels to reinvigorate the PIJ and solidify its standing along Palestinians.The rise of the PIJ will likely be at the expense of Fatah and Hamas.
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