Hamas in financial distress resorts to taking humanitarian aid from the people of Gaza

Hamas in Gaza is facing an acute financial crisis, as its overseas cash sources are drying up. This is forcing the Islamist regime and its armed terrorist wing, the Izzadin Al-Qassam Brigades, to resort to increasingly desperate measures, such as using international aid organizations to funnel cash away from Gazan civilians.

Hamas’ dire financial situation has multiple causes. First, Egypt has effectively blocked off many smuggling tunnels linking Gaza to Sinai, which were previously used to transfer money into Gaza from Hamas donors.

Additionally, Hamas finds itself without a clear international backer these days. Not only is Egypt decidedly hostile under the rule of President Sisi, but relations between Hamas are Iran are unstable — rising and falling periodically due to disagreements over conflict raging in Syria.

Iran provides Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad with military support through its own generals, and thousands of assistance fighters from its Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah. Palestinians generally oppose the Assad regime.

Nevertheless, Iran sometimes does try to smuggle money to Hamas, but this source of funding is unreliable.

Qatar’s financial aid to Gaza has shrunk since the 2014 Israel-Hamas war, and is limited to civilian reconstruction programs. Hamas seized apartment buildings to use as financial assets.

Israel’s Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Israeli Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee late last month that sources of outside funding for Hamas are drying up. Recent disclosures by Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, the Shin Bet, confirm this situation.

In August, the Shin Bet revealed that Hamas had been targeting international aid organizations operating in Gaza, rerouting money intended for humanitarian assistance towards preparations for war with Israel.
Hamas is run by genocidal ethnic and religious bigots and is completely amoral despite its pretensions of piety.  Any money it gets goes into its coffers for the next war it will initiate with Israel.  The UN should cut it off.

Hamas made the mistake of backing the Muslim Brotherhood when they were briefly in power in Egypt.  It has also been tied to ISIL attacks on Egyptian forces in the Sinia.  Egypt has zero reasons to be helpful to Hamas.


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