ER Editor: G. Edward Griffin below references a report by Richard Sale from June, 2002 titled
Israel and Hamas may currently (2002) be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.
Israel “aided Hamas directly — the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization),” said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.
Israel’s support for Hamas “was a direct attempt to divide and dilute support for a strong, secular PLO by using a competing religious alternative,” said a former senior CIA official.
According to documents United Press International obtained from the Israel-based Institute for Counter Terrorism, Hamas evolved from cells of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928. Islamic movements in Israel and Palestine were “weak and dormant” until after the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel scored a stunning victory over its Arab enemies.
After 1967, a great part of the success of the Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood was due to their activities among the refugees of the Gaza Strip. The cornerstone of the Islamic movements success was an impressive social, religious, educational and cultural infrastructure, called Da’wah, that worked to ease the hardship of large numbers of Palestinian refugees, confined to camps, and many who were living on the edge.
“Social influence grew into political influence,” first in the Gaza Strip, then on the West Bank, said an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The report goes on to make clear that Israel lost control of Hamas over time, while still trying to regain it unsuccessfully.
The 2009 Dr. Ron Paul video below backs up the report above, that Hamas was supported by Israel to counter real Palestinian opposition to Israel via the PLO and Yasser Arafat, as well as explaining US interference in the politics of the region.
See also this (browsers will translate) —
According to an article published by UPI in 2002, several US intelligence officials said that Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years, beginning in the late 1970s, to dilute support for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in the West Bank. Under Netanyahu, Israel has allowed suitcases holding millions in Qatari cash to enter Gaza since 2018 to maintain its fragile ceasefire with the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip. The cash infusions also boosted Gaza and helped maintain a separation between it and the West Bank, in order to prevent a Palestinian state.
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