After the “attack” that allowed the Muslim Brotherhood regime in Cairo to seize power and depose the military while cracking down on the press, the building blocks for the reintegration of Hamas run Gaza into Muslim Brotherhood run Egypt are falling into place.
Less than one year after closing its headquarters in Damascus, Hamas’s “outside” leadership has found a new home in the Egyptian capital of Cairo. London-based daily Al-Hayat reported Tuesday that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood administration has agreed to open a Hamas office in eastern Cairo and establish a joint committee with Hamas to discuss issues of security along the Gaza-Egypt border.
Al-Hayat reported that the new security committee will exchange intelligence information regarding the border area. Prominent members of Hamas will be part of the new committee, including Ahmad Ja’abari, commander of the Al-Qassam Brigades (the movement’s military wing); Moussa Abu-marzouq; Bassem Na’im; and Ayman Taha, a security adviser to PM Ismail Haniyeh.
The significance of all this is that the policy of isolating Hamas is done. Egypt and Gaza are now both run by the Muslim Brotherhood which are not about to isolate each other. On the Egyptian side, look for the Brotherhood to extend some kind of defense agreement over Gaza as the march to a new war between Israel and Egypt begins.
The new Democratic platform, even with the added language, makes no mention of isolating Hamas and does not mention the Palestinian Authority, only a “Partner”, which means that Obama is paving the way for full recognition of Hamas. Hamas knows what’s coming and is training a diplomatic corps, which it would not need unless it had good reason to expect that Obama will end its isolation shortly.
Iran however is responding in predictable fashion to being dumped by Hamas by finding more terrorist groups in Gaza to support. The secret of the Muslim world is that groups like Hamas or Al Qaeda are completely disposable. They’re just conduits of money, weapons and training to the body of available fighters. And if you provide the money and weapons, then the terrorist groups will form themselves.
Hamas is claiming that it is fighting its own splinter groups. This may be a dodge to avoid responsibility with Hamas splitting off some of its military arms and trying to pass them off as “extremist splinter groups” , a policy that worked well for the Palestinian Authority. But it may also be true. With Egypt linked to Gaza and Iran linking to anyone willing to kill Israelis, Gaza, already a splinter of the so-called Palestinian state, may be about to splinter internally with a civil war between Egyptian and Iranian backed terrorist groups.