Latest Issue

Barghouti’s hour

The one man who could unite Fatah and Hamas may soon be released from an Israeli prison

By Jo-Ann Mort   August 2008

Barack Obama visited Israel in July, but he’s not the man who could really change things for Israelis and Palestinians. At least not yet. The man of the hour is 49-year-old Marwan Barghouti, the undisputed leader of “Young” Fatah, who may soon walk free from an Israeli jail in exchange for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, captured by Hamas two years ago. Barghouti, sentenced by an Israeli court to five consecutive life terms in 2004 for his role in the second intifada, has built up a huge following among Palestinians, who admire his history of street-level politics and his apparent…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect