Hamas & Syria
By Micah Halpern
The terror group Hamas is restoring ties with Syria.
The relationship between Hamas and Syria broke off ten years ago. That was when Syrian President Bashar Assad cracked down against the revolt to oust him.
One official, who asked not to be named, spoke about the reconciliation and said that, of late, the two sides have held several "high-profile meetings to achieve that goal."
Hamas supported the revolt against Assad which began in 2011. Its goal was to overthrow Assad.
At that time, Iran supported Assad and Hamas shunned Iran – but only temporarily.
Hamas' ties with Iran were quickly restored. And Hamas was quick to praise Iran for helping rebuild their arsenal in Gaza. The arsenal consisted of long-range rockets, used to attack Israel.
One year after its 11-day war with Israel, Hamas is shifting its strategy. The terror group is now adopting a strategy known as “load distribution”. They no longer focus all their hatred on Israel. They are calling on Palestinians in the West Bank to continue the fight against Israel while reaching out to as many supporters as possible to join them in their struggle.
15 years ago Hamas took control of Gaza in a coup expelling the Palestinian Authority. While it is an internal Palestinian conflict, this conflict continues to have major implications for the region - especially Israel.
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