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Analysis: Hamas drifting away from longtime patron Iran


In the wake of the Arab Spring, Hamas seems to be drifting away from the Iran-Syria axis and moving towards the wealthy Gulf states. Khaled Mashaal, Hamas top leader, said the movement needs to be part of the Islamist political rise in the Arab world triggered by popular uprisings and Hamas must therefore distance itself from Iran which is at odds with the Gulf states. Fawaz Gerges, director of the Middle East Center at the London School of Economics said “The rise of the Islamists to power has really given Hamas a strategic depth.”

Al Arabiya, Saudi Arabia

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