Skip to comments.Hamas Gains Allure in Gaza, but Money Is a Problem
Posted on 12/14/2012 11:25:16 AM PST by Lorianne
Hamas has been riding high of late, after its professed victory in the recent conflict with Israel and the overthrow last year of Egypts president, Hosni Mubarak, an avowed enemy.
Nevertheless, it is facing serious financial troubles stemming from the revolt in Syria and its expanding military ambitions, and its increasing demands on the impoverished population of Gaza are stirring resentments. In response, and with an anxious eye to the Arab Spring revolts, some Gaza residents say, it has eased up slightly in its religious restrictions on peoples lives.
The government of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria had been a stalwart ally and a conduit for Iranian money, weapons and military expertise. But the Assads are members of the Alawite sect, an offshoot of Shiism, and are fighting mostly Sunni rebels, forcing Hamas, which is Sunni, to choose sides. It decided to shut its political bureau in Damascus in March and send its political chairman, Khaled Meshal, shuttling between Qatar and Egypt.
The break with Syria has also meant a sharp cut in the financing Hamas received from Iran, which is also facing economic problems because of Western sanctions against its nuclear-enrichment program, sanctions that have cut the value of the Iranian rial in half in a year.
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Don’t worry, Hamasholes; Zer0 will cheerful fund you as soon as he borrows more from the Chinese.
Their inventory of rockets must be depleted.
You know the definition of a "moderate Muslim?"