The Hamas-led government in Gaza was the first experiment in Islamist rule in the region and sparked a revolutionary surge in Islamist rule, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said Tuesday.
The Hamas-led government elected in 2006 was “the first model which led to the breakout of a sweeping Arab revolution in the Islamic region,” Haniyeh said at a festival to honor ministers.
And Haniyeh does have a point. If anyone does deserve credit for the Arab Spring, more than Obama, it’s Hamas which showed that American experiments in democratization could be used by the Muslim Brotherhood to take power. Before the Muslim Brotherhood took over Egypt, they took over Gaza.
Obama took a mistake that the previous administration had made in the Palestinian Authority and expanded it across the region… when the outcome was entirely clear.
The Arab Spring was always going to go the way of Gaza. And Haniyeh took time out to praise Qatar for its support. Qatar is the Al Qaeda linked tyranny that played a major role in orchestrating the Arab Spring showing once again that the Hamas takeover of Gaza was the Islamist template for the takeover of the Middle East.