The Passionate Attachment

America's entanglement with Israel

Israel’s ‘Arab Spring’ Bonus: Hamas Out in the Cold

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Paul Scham, an adjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute, who teaches Israel Studies at the University of Maryland, observes in The National Interest:

The spring that has helped Islamists elsewhere in the region has deprived Hamas of its longtime patrons and emboldened and empowered its enemy at home—PIJ. It must somehow adapt—quickly—to the new climate. This helps explain its seeming moderation, though it has given hints of this possibility for years.

But here again we must remember, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” Iran is Israel’s foremost enemy and—what no one would have guessed—has apparently fallen out with Hamas, at least for now. This is clearly to Israel’s advantage.

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Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

January 31, 2012 at 3:31 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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