Jihadi Surge Means Isolation for Hamas – John R. Bradley
(dailyalert.org, July 24, 2014)
In the Arab world, an air of indifference reins regarding Israel’s military offensive in Gaza. The dramatic rise of the jihadi outfit the Islamic State is one of the key reasons. Aside from Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan are the two countries that matter geopolitically, and both are threatened by jihadi-inspired unrest on the back of the successes of the Islamic State – an outfit that Hamas has reportedly been forging links with.
The Islamist State’s goal is not only the destruction of Israel, but also the overthrow of the Saudi and Jordanian monarchies. Though they loathe to acknowledge the fact publicly, Saudi Arabia and Jordan would quietly welcome the eradication of Salafist-aligned Hamas’ military capabilities. (Jewish Chronicle-UK)