Hamas' Miscalculation

(Weekly Standard) Jonathan Spyer - In the course of 2012, believing it had its fellow Muslim Brothers in Egypt at its back, Hamas began to allow freer rein to Islamic Jihad and the smaller Salafi groups, and to participate in actions against Israel along the border. But Hamas has miscalculated. Israeli authorities have responded with a large-scale operation to restore "deterrence"; that is, to disabuse the Hamas rulers of Gaza of the notion that the current situation makes possible aggression against Israel. But the greater Hamas miscalculation appears to have been regarding the extent of the support they would receive from the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt.

2012-11-22 00:00:00

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