With so many threats facing Israel from all sides, it is especially troubling when various threats have ties with one another. The Times of Israel's Avi Issacharoff writes that a shadowy figure within Hamas who has close relationships with both Iran and Syria has been tapped to lead the terror organization in Gaza:
Haniyeh’s replacement, Imad al Alami, 60, was born in Gaza, but only returned there a few years ago.
He lived for some time in Tehran, then moved to Damascus in 2008. He returned to Gaza after being the last Hamas leader to leave the Syrian capital; relations with Syrian leader Bashar Assad had soured at the start of the uprising there.
Al Alami has so far avoided the media spotlight. He does not take part in press conferences and uses neither Facebook nor Twitter.
Nor does he visit mourners’ tents as his Hamas colleagues do. In recent months, he has taken part in only one public event.
Amid shifting political sands in the Middle East, Hamas has in recent years walked a tightrope in attempting to maintain support from both Gulf states like Qatar and their Shiite rivals in Iran, Syria and elsewhere...