Israel Funded Hamas Beginning in the 1970s and Is Supported by Netanyahu

If Americans Knew
According to an article published by UPI in 2002, several US intelligence officials said that Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years, beginning in the late 1970s, to dilute support for the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in the West Bank. Under Netanyahu, Israel has allowed suitcases holding millions in Qatari cash to enter Gaza since 2018 to maintain its fragile ceasefire with the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip. The cash infusions also boosted Gaza and helped maintain a separation between it and the West Bank, in order to prevent a Palestinian state.

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Summary by JW WIlliams

According to an article published by UPI in 2002, several US intelligence officials said that Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years, beginning in the late 1970s. A former CIA agent said that 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.” Hamas evolved from cells of the Muslim Brotherhood that began in Egypt in 1928.

Israel and Hamas were locked in deadly combat at the same time Israel funded Hamas. Some Israelis want all of Israel instead of peace or a 2-state solution and supported Hamas because if it gained control, it would refuse to have any part of the peace process and would torpedo any agreements put in place.

In 2009, Ron Paul said that the US, both directly and indirectly, through Israel, helped establish Hamas. The Palestinians elected Hamas and it became dominant, and then the US sought to kill them. Paul showed how the US had a pattern of supporting a opposition groups and when it fails, there is blowback.

For years, the various governments led by Benjamin Netanyahu took an approach that divided power between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, crushing Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while boosting Hamas, with the goal of preventing the government of the West Bank from advancing toward the establishment of a Palestinian state. Israel propped up Hamas by allowing it to receive infusions of cash from abroad. Israel has allowed suitcases holding millions in Qatari cash to enter Gaza through its crossings since 2018 to maintain its fragile ceasefire with the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip, while also maintaining a separation between Gaza and the West Bank to prevent a Palestinian state.

Hamas was also included in discussions about increasing the number of work permits Israel granted to Gazan laborers, which kept money flowing into Gaza. Toward the end of Netanyahu’s fifth government in 2021, approximately 2,000-3,000 work permits were issued to Gazans. Since Netanyahu returned to power in January 2023, the number of work permits has soared to nearly 20,000.

Times of Israel:     https://www.timesofisrael.com/for-years-netanyahu-propped-up-hamas-now-its-blown-up-in-our-faces/

UPI:     https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2002/06/18/Analysis-Hamas-history-tied-to-Israel/82721024445587/

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Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
7 months ago

If Netanyahu in fact supported Hamas initially supported by the US that was a bad decision– as the muslim states had no intention of ever seeking a lasting peace with israel- Bush and Cheny as well as other neo-cons did nothing but exacerbate a bad relationship in the mideast starting with the backing of the Sha Pahlevi who was hated by the people– again our screwed up state dep and
the criminals running the CIA

Phillip Mezzapelle
Phillip Mezzapelle
7 months ago

It’s too bad that we the people are at the mercy of our political leaders.

Tom Ball
Tom Ball
7 months ago

Yes. It’s a soft form of totalitarianism already.
I expect it to get worse because people are too ignorant to see what’s happening and won’t make a fuss until something happens to them personally as a result.

Peg
Peg
7 months ago

No surprise. Bibi is and has always been a criminal who is only interested in his own power at the expense of everyday people on both sides of this. He wanted an emotional 9/11 style event to happen to further his cause. Not unlike the “needed Pearl Harbor style emotional event” here.

Tom Ball
Tom Ball
7 months ago

Israel has been wanting to purge Gaza for a long time. This provides the perfect excuse regardless of how the attack started.
Meanwhile the ADL attacks people who don’t want Muslims in the US and Britain as “Islamaphobic”.

They also attack political and social critics as “anti-Semitic” even those Palestinians are more Semitic than Ashkenazim Jews.

Jimbo
Jimbo
7 months ago

Don’t think Netanyahu had this in mind when he tried playing off one terrorist cell against another. I’d be concerned about Dearborn, MI. and also SJP and BLM, which now openly support Hamas regardless of atrocity level. Where the hell are Obama Democrats in condemning such virulent, senseless, satanic acts on wholly blameless innocent civilians? https://www.dailywire.com/news/campus-anti-semites-plot-day-of-resistance-in-support-of-hamas Department of homeland perversity (et.al.) targets Trump supporters, instead of defending US from our active and real enemies, foreign and domestic! They have their heads stuck in a Tom Cruise “Minority Report” movie-loop, as they flagrantly conscript to corrupt Federal agencies for ensconcing themselves… Read more »