Israel and Hamas may currently 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.
See what happens when you meddle in other people's affairs?
some in Israel saw some benefits to be had in trying to continue to give Hamas support: "The thinking on the part of some of the right-wing Israeli establishment was that Hamas and the others, if they gained control, would refuse to have any part of the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place," said a U.S. government official who asked not to be named.
The right-wing thinks that Palestinians refusing the peace process is a good thing, in case anyone was confused about the real intentions of the right-wing (both in Israel and here).
I wonder what Debbie would think of all this?
Actually I don't really care, since she would just stick her head in the sand and yell "Muslims Bad" over and over again.
On the HAMAS victories, even though we all know it elevated her blood pressure about 100 points, she's playing it cool in a post she titles On HAMASastan & "Democratic" Elections in the Muslim Mid-East.
(Debbie's big joke is to put 'STAN' after everything, isn't that original and hilarious?)
You can go read it if you have a strong stomach and don't mind reading a small, petty woman flinging around racial slurs mixed with half-truths and biased interpretations of a culture she hates or just let me sum it up for you: Arabs are animals who can't handle democracy, they're all terrorists so it doesn't really matter who wins, and Israel will be persecuted no matter what happens unless we kill all lots of Arabs (how many, you ask? she'll let us know).