Hamas' recent protests have been a failure because they show that the terrorist leadership values death over improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza. But, Daniel Siryoti writes at JNS, Hamas has also failed due to its continued reliance upon Iran:
Hamas has only itself to blame. The terrorist organization is undergoing a process of “Iranization,” to the chagrin of Sunni Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Persian Gulf states. Those countries still support the Palestinian terror group in principle, but their diplomatic policies are evidence they are distancing themselves farther and farther from the group the more Hamas is sucked into the Iranian honey trap.
Hamas will not admit their “March of Return” has been a failure, and despite the declarations from the organization’s political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar and others of Gazans “breaking the siege,” senior officials in Gaza agree the organization’s leadership needs to stop and set a new course.
The attempt by Hamas’s current leadership to use funding from Iran to create a Palestinian version of Hezbollah first in Gaza and later the West Bank is completely unacceptable not only to the leaders of moderate Sunni Arab states who fear Iranian hegemony and Tehran’s attempts to establish itself across the Middle East, and as a result have increased cooperation with Israel but to a majority of the Sunni Arab and Palestinian public. In the eyes of certain members of the Arab public and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, Sunni Hamas’ decision to join Shiite Iran and Hezbollah is nothing short of blasphemous.
Does the Hamas leadership understand the consequences of their actions?