Egypt’s Coup Likely to Strengthen Hamas’ Hold on Gaza

Egypt’s Coup Likely to Strengthen Hamas’ Hold on Gaza

With its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood, ousted from power in Egypt, Hamas is once again facing a new reality in the Middle East.

“Hamas considers itself to be an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, so any attack or weakening of the Muslim Brotherhood is bound to impact Hamas itself,” said Hisham Ahmed, a professor of politics at St. Mary’s College of California. Hamas, the Palestinian organization that governs the Gaza Strip, saw the election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi to Egypt’s presidency as a signal of political and ideological support from the largest Arab country in the region. “With the change taking place, certainly Hamas has lost one of its main ideological bases of support really ever.”

But while Egypt’s coup spells trouble for Hamas, it is unlikely to seriously undermine Hamas’ control over Gaza.

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