February 19, 2015 | Quote
Losing Ground in Arab World, Hamas Seeking Iranian Support and New Front Against Israel
The last Gaza war, also known as Operation Protective Edge, contributed to improved ties between Hamas and Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s official website reported that during the Gaza war, Nasrallah praised Hamas fighters and said he “stands next to the Palestinian resistance.” A former member of the Iranian Shura Council and close associate of the Iranian regime said that “the Gaza war will have a major role in warming the relations between Hamas and Hezbollah, including providing assistance and support in all required fields.” In testimony (.pdf) presented at a recent congressional hearing, Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, explained Hamas’ approach to Iran as a function of last summer’s war with Israel:
“In many respects, that war was Hamas’ way of reorienting its ship back to Iran…Hamas knows that neither Turkey nor Qatar, nobody else can actually replace Tehran as a source of firepower for them so…they are going to maintain that relationship.”
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