The Day Hamas Walked Away from Damascus (Part 1)

This is a very important series of blog posts on the situation in the Middle East. An absolute read.
Second part will follow next week.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Martin Accad

Please note: The post this week is part 1 of 2 under the same title. This week’s post is historical and political in nature. Next week’s post will look at the implications of Hamas’ action for the Church and Christians in the Middle East and North Africa context and beyond.

“You don’t bite the hand that feeds you!” No doubt these words must have echoed in the minds of many in the circles of the Syrian regime when Hamas decided to turn away from the Assad regime at the start of 2012. Damascus had, after all, been the only Arab capital to shelter Hamas’ political bureau since 2001, after it had been kicked out of Jordan in 1999. When the uprising began in Syria in 2011, it soon turned into a violent conflict between the Syrian government forces and a growing armed opposition with clear links to…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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