Sunday, February 05, 2006

Watching Hamas

Interesting piece on Shalom Harari, a former Israeli intelligence officer who has been watching Hamas for decades.

While most Israeli and Arab-language news channels were broadcasting scenes of Hamas supporters in the Gaza Strip waving green flags as they celebrated their stunning victory, Harari had tuned in to a seemingly tedious military ceremony on Egyptian state television. “Look at the wives of the generals,” he said. “Many of them are wearing traditional head scarves. This was not so ten years ago. And this tells you where we are heading. When the women of Egypt’s pro-Western military √©lite are dressed like that, you know that the Hamas victory is not about Palestine. It’s about the entire Middle East.”

(HT: Talking Points Memo)

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