Considering that Hamas is really an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood and that there were reports that Iran called in Hezbollah and Hamas to deal with its election protests, it wouldn’t exactly be the first time that Hamas was being used to suppress a popular uprising by one of its backers.
Did Hamas dispatch 7,000 militiamen from the Gaza Strip to Egypt to protect President Mohamed Morsi, who is currently facing a popular uprising?
Reports that appeared in a number of Egyptian opposition media outlets in the past few days claimed that the militiamen entered Egypt through the smuggling tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip.
The reports quoted unidentified Egyptian security officials as saying that the Hamas militiamen had been spotted in the Egyptian border town of Rafah before they headed toward Cairo, to shore up the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Morsi, which Hamas may have feared was in danger of collapse.
The officials claimed that the Hamas militiamen had been deployed in a number of sensitive locations in the Egyptian capital, including the Al-Ittihadiyeh Presidential Palace, as part of a plan to protect the Muslim Brotherhood regime.
Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, is a staunch supporter of the Morsi regime.
This week, a Gulf newspaper Akhbar Al-Khaleej published what it described as “secret documents” proving that Hamas, with the financial backing of Qatar, had plans to send hundreds of militiamen to Egypt to help Morsi’s regime.
One of the classified documents, signed by Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin al-Kassam, talks about the need to send “warriors to help our brothers in Egypt who are facing attempts by the former regime [of Hosni Mubarak] to return to power.”
Hamas does have a lot at stake in Egypt.
With Morsi in power, Hamas has a direct line to Egypt and is no longer cut off from its weapons suppliers. A new Egyptian government might be a lot less friendly to terrorists.
Hamas dumped its Iranian backers, at least partly, at the instigation of Qatar which delivered Arab Spring Islamist revolutions and integrated Hamas into a cleaner Sunni Islamist coalition.
Iran has still been providing Hamas with aid, because the Shiite terrorist regime has been desperately making overtures for decades to every Sunni terrorist group around, including Al Qaeda, only to get slapped down by them. Ahmadinejad’s visit to Cairo was an embarrassing reminder that there is no room for Shiites in the Great Coalition.
But if Morsi falls, Hamas will have no choice but to come crawling back to Iran.