Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hamas Gives Israel Green Light to Strike Iran?

A Hamas official has been quoted as saying they won't have Iran's back if Israel decides to strike.  Pretty amazing.  You would think they would at least stay quiet to have some sort of deterrent effect, albeit limited:

Senior Politburo member in Gaza Strip Salah Bardawil said that Hamas "will not do Iran's bidding in any war with Israel, and will not launch rockets at Israel at Tehran's request."

"If there is a war between two powers, Hamas will not be part of such a war," Bardawil was quoted as saying. Hamas is not part of military alliances in the region. Our strategy is to defend our rights."

Analysts said that this somewhat surprising stance illustrates the rift between Hamas and Iran – its key financial patron; as well as Gaza-rulers' realignment with Egypt's new ruling party, the Muslim Brotherhood.

A second, anonymous Hamas source, told the British newspaper that the group "will not get involved in any war between Iran and Israel."

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