Hamas har åpent brutt med Bashar al-Assad og støtter opprørerne i Syria. Hizbollah støtter fortsatt Syria sammen med Iran.
Det var statsminister Ismail Hamiyeh selv som forkynte det definitive bruddet og stedet han gjorde det fra var al Azhar-moskeen i Kairo.
Hamas’s prime minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniya, said during Friday Prayer, “I salute all people of the Arab Spring, or Islamic winter, and I salute the Syrian people who seek freedom, democracy and reform.”
The worshipers shouted back, “God is great” and “Syria! Syria!”
Mr. Haniya made his remarks in support of the uprising that is seeking to oust Mr. Assad, a reversal after years in which Mr. Assad has given safe haven to leaders of Hamas while helping supply it with weapons and cash in its battle against Israel.
But the remarks were almost as significant for where they were made: in Cairo, at Al Azhar Mosque.
Syria lager komplikasjoner i det arabiske maktspillet. Ikke minst svekker det Iran. Hamas har hittil tilhørt shia-aksen, selv om Hamas er sunni, og forklaringen er enkel: Iran har betalt lønningene til Hamas-byråkratiet.
Iran has been a key supporter of Hamas. On Thursday, Al Sharq Al Awsat, a London-based Arabic newspaper, published remarks by Ezzat al-Rashq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, who said that Iran had been the main financial supporter for the Hamas government in Gaza. Without the Iranian money, he said, Hamas would have never been able to pay its 45,000 government employees.
Stemningen på gateplan har definitivt vedt seg mot Assads styre, og alle som støtter det.
Hizbollah skal fortsatt være på Irans og Syrias side. Det koster.
In Cairo, as Mr. Haniya spoke, the crowds also shouted against Iran and the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, both of which continue to support Mr. Assad and have long been hailed on the Arab street for remaining defiant toward Israel. That was yet another significant shift caused by the Arab uprisings.
“No Iran, no Hezbollah. Syria is Islamic,” protesters chanted, according to Agence France-Presse.