The Insane Hamas War
Avi Issacharoff, Arab-affairs reporter for The Times of Israel, claims nevertheless that Hamas is not really doing that badly. Israel, he notes,
has destroyed 2,000 rockets, which along with the 1,000 or so that were fired, means Hamas’s arsenal has declined by some 3,000. The problem is that Hamas is still in possession of 6,000-7,000 rockets, enough to continue fighting for weeks.
Issacharoff also says Hamas “has become the darling of the Arab media, a popular hero that has rained rockets on Tel Aviv, Haifa, and [Israel’s] famed reactor at Dimona.”
Others, though, give a different account. Khaled Abu Toameh reports:
Some Egyptians are…openly expressing hope that Israel will completely destroy Hamas, which they regard as the “armed branch of the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization.”
True, there are still many Egyptians and Arabs who sympathize with Hamas…. But over the past week, there are also different voices coming out of Egypt and some other Arab countries—voices that publicly support the Israeli military operation against the Islamist movement in the Gaza Strip.
This is perhaps because a growing number of Arabs and Muslims are fed up with the Islamist terrorists who are imposing a reign of terror and intimidation in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq and Syria.
That version of things is seconded by a report in Israel Hayom that says Hamas
is at its lowest point with regard to its image since at least 20 years ago, with criticism mounting across Saudi Arabia, Egypt, among the emirs of Persian Gulf nations, and in Jordan and Lebanon too.