Islamist Hamas in Gaza Gaining International Legitimacy?

Latter Times Bible reference: Daniel 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Since the Islamist Hamas movement forcibly took over the impoverished Gaza Strip in 2007, Israel has worked hard to isolate Hamas. It imposed a strict blockade on the Strip, and repeatedly insisted that Hamas is a terrorist organization with whom Israel will not negotiate until it renounces terrorism and recognizes the Jewish state. Israel also succeeded in keeping visiting heads of state away from Gaza.

Now Israel’s policy against Hamas seems to be crumbling. The blockade on Gaza has been gradually lifted, after Hamas built hundreds of underground tunnels between Gaza and Egypt that enabled a continuous flow of consumer goods into Gaza. As Egypt has opened up the Rafah border crossing [at the Egyptian–Gaza border], Gaza’s international isolation has eased. In 2011 Hamas freed kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in exchange for more than 1000 Palestinian prisoners, including dozens who had murdered Israelis. Israel negotiated, albeit indirectly, with Hamas to finalize the exchange.

Last week, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, became the first head of state to visit Gaza since 2007. He was met by a Hamas honor guard and driven through the streets of the densely-populated Strip by Hamas leader Ismail Haniye as hundreds of Gazans waved Palestinian and Qatari flags. He also brought his checkbook, announcing a large-scale rehabilitation project for Gaza at a cost of $400 million dollars. The construction materials will be transferred through the Rafah crossing with Egypt.

via Bridges for Peace » Israel Prayer Update.

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