Syria and Hamas - a renewed alliance? Jerusalem Studio 724

‘My enemy’s enemy' - is of course usually - 'my friend’ in the Middle East, but sometimes it is more complicated.
Ten years ago, the Gaza-based Islamist Hamas Palestinian terror organization fell out with the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over the latter’s brutal suppression of revolts against it. Hamas officials also assessed, like most intelligence agencies, that Assad is doomed to be swept from power.
Late last month - with Assad still ruling Syria thanks to help by Russia, Iran and Hezbollah - Hamas returned to Damascus, conceding a reality in which both parties do not have a surplus of allies.
Is there more than meets the eye in the Syria-Hamas story?
Panel:
- Jonathan Hessen, Host.
- Amir Oren, Editor at Large, Host of Watchmen Talk and Powers in Play.
- Col. (Ret.) Dr. Eran Lerman, Co-host TV7 Middle East Review, Powers-in-Play Panelist, JISS VP and Editor in Chief of the Jerusalem Strategic Tribune.
- Major General (Res) Gershon Ha-Cohen, IDF Army Corps Commander.

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  • Published: November 01, 2022
  • Duration: 28 min

Jerusalem Studio

The program offers the viewer deeper understanding about current events in Israel. The topics vary from domestic and foreign policy to social changes, archaelogy and religion.
The program is hosted by TV7 Israel News anchor Jonathan Hessen.

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