June 9, 2018

Blowback: How Israel Helped Create Hamas



WHAT DO YOU know about Hamas?
That it’s sworn to destroy Israel? That it’s a terrorist group, proscribed both by the United States and the European Union? That it rules Gaza with an iron fist? That it’s killed hundreds of innocent Israelis with rocket, mortar, and suicide attacks?

But did you also know that Hamas — which is an Arabic acronym for “Islamic Resistance Movement” — would probably not exist today were it not for the Jewish state? That the Israelis helped turn a bunch of fringe Palestinian Islamists in the late 1970s into one of the world’s most notorious militant groups? That Hamas is blowback? Read more.

Intercept

Related,
How Israel helped create Hamas - Washington Post
WikiLeaks: "Israel actively supported Hamas" - JOL

Cable: 88JERUSALEM3168_a - Wikileaks

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