Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Noteworthy: Hamas has been "Unfriended"

Hamas which has held sway in the Gaza Strip since it used the ballot box to usurp power, just ran out of friends.   Despite being Sunni, it had been dealing with Iran which was pleased to finance mischief both to the north and south of Israel.  When Morsi of the Sunni-believing Muslim Brotherhood came to power, Hamas moved headquarters out of Syria (infuriating Iran) and switched their love to someone more like themselves. It was nice living next to the MB honey pot for a few months.  With Morsi gone, they now have no big money sponsors. Egypt is bearing down seriously this time on the tunnels into Gaza.  Hamas's Economy Minister reports this cost Gaza at least $230 million in July.    Their backup support from Qatar disappeared when the emir abdicated in June.

The above is summarized from the linked Reuters article by Nidal al-Mughrabi.

This might not matter if Hamas was ruling well at home.  Their subsidized population are tired of the situation.

Related: Morsi’s ouster in Egypt could topple Hamas.

This is good news for Gaza and for Israel too.  Although Israel has been threatened in recent days, its neighbours are all in poor shape to give it grief.  With Hizbollah sending fighters to Syria and Hamas distracted with its own problems, that democratic hive of industry between them will fare well.
Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, left, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, centre,
talk with an official during their meeting in Cairo (Reuters)

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