Sam Ghandchiسام قندچيWhat is Happening to Hamas?

Sam Ghandchi

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The new Israeli attacks on Hamas in Gaza that started on July 8th is still continuing. Various humanitarian and peace loving organizations have been writing about the human toll in this latest conflict and I cannot add much to what has been said. Also as far as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict itself is concerned, it has been discussed thoroughly in the past, especially as it relates to Iran and Iranians (1).


Are the Arab regimes supporting Hamas? Even less than a year ago, Saudi Arabia and Qatar were allied with Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas in their fight against Syria's Bashar Assad. Are they still supporting Hamas? Well, we are not hearing of any Arab Oil Embargo like what happened in 1973? The situation seems to be the reverse and world markets are being flooded with oil.


It seems like the rise of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt during Arab Spring did not just spread to Syria but Muslim Brotherhood began to grow in Saudi Arabia and Persian Gulf sheikdoms threatening those regimes themselves. Hamas is mostly viewed as an armed faction of Muslim Brotherhood.


Is Iran supporting Hamas? Well, just like Arab people, Iranian people support the people of Gaza. But as far as Hamas is concerned, the siding of Hamas with the forces trying to topple Syria's Bashar Assad hampers any help Islamic Republic of Iran might render to Hamas. So, it does not seem like Iran would start something like the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo to support Hamas either.


So for the time being although there is a lot of outpouring of people's support for the plight of Palestinians in Gaza, there is hardly any indication of strong support for Hamas by any Middle Eastern state unless Muslim Brotherhood can come back to Middle East politics again. For the time being, the government of Egypt, the birthplace of Muslim Brotherhood, is not amiable to Muslim Brotherhood.


Perhaps all these factors have had something to do with the timing of Israel's new attack on Gaza or maybe not. 

Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
July 29, 2014