For more than a decade, Iran’s primary tactic for pursuing power in the Middle East has been to empower proxy groups. Most of these proxies have shared a religious or ideological affinity with the Islamic Republic. In Iraq, Arab Shiite factions that believe faith runs thicker than ethnicity have cozied up to Iran. The same is true for Hezbollah and its members in Lebanon. The Assad clan, still in charge of most of Syria, is Alawite – a Shiite offshoot in a sea of Sunnis.
But one of Iran’s proxies has always been a little different: Hamas. Hamas is a Sunni organization, an outgrowth of the Muslim Brotherhood. It is also a thorn in Israel’s side, and that has been enough of a reason for Iran to look past doctrinal disagreements and send Hamas money and weapons. That will soon change.
Israel has sought to neutralize the threat posed by Hamas since the day Israel unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip in 2005. “Disengagement” was supposed to be the first step in a br