Hamas History Tied to Israel
Richard Sale, United Press International (UPI), June 18,
Israel and Palestine
n the wake of a suicide bomb attack
Tuesday on a crowded Jerusalem city bus
that killed 19 people and wounded at
least 70 more, the Islamic Resistance
Movement, Hamas, took credit for the
Israeli officials called it the
deadliest attack in Jerusalem in six
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon
immediately vowed to fight "Palestinian
terror" and summoned his cabinet to
decide on a military response to the
organization that Sharon had once
described as "the deadliest terrorist
group that we have ever had to face."
Active in Gaza and the West Bank, Hamas
wants to liberate all of Palestine and
establish a radical Islamic state in
place of Israel. It is has gained
notoriety with its assassinations, car
bombs and other acts of terrorism.
But Sharon left something out.
Israel and Hamas may currently be locked
in deadly combat, but, according to
several current and former U.S.
intelligence officials, beginning in the
late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and
indirect financial aid to Hamas over a
period of years.
Israel "aided Hamas directly -- the
Israelis wanted to use it as a
counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian
Liberation Organization)," said Tony
Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the
Center for Strategic Studies.
Israel's support for Hamas "was a direct
attempt to divide and dilute support for
a strong, secular PLO by using a
competing religious alternative," said a
former senior CIA official.
According to documents United Press
International obtained from the
Israel-based Institute for Counter
Terrorism, Hamas evolved from cells of
the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt
in 1928. Islamic movements in Israel and
Palestine were "weak and dormant" until
after the 1967 Six Day War in which
Israel scored a stunning victory over
its Arab enemies.
After 1967, a great part of the success
of the Hamas/Muslim Brotherhood was due
to their activities among the refugees
of the Gaza Strip. The cornerstone of
the Islamic movements success was an
impressive social, religious,
educational and cultural infrastructure,
called Da'wah, that worked to ease the
hardship of large numbers of Palestinian
refugees, confined to camps, and many
who were living on the edge.
"Social influence grew into political
influence," first in the Gaza Strip,
then on the West Bank, said an
administration official who spoke on
condition of anonymity.
According to ICT papers, Hamas was
legally registered in Israel in 1978 by
Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, the movement's
spiritual leader, as an Islamic
Association by the name Al-Mujamma al
Islami, which widened its base of
supporters and sympathizers by religious
propaganda and social work.
According to U.S. administration
officials, funds for the movement came
from the oil-producing states and
directly and indirectly from Israel. The
PLO was secular and leftist and promoted
Palestinian nationalism. Hamas wanted to
set up a transnational state under the
rule of Islam, much like Khomeini's
What took Israeli leaders by surprise
was the way the Islamic movements began
to surge after the Iranian revolution,
after armed resistance to Israel sprang
up in southern Lebanon vis-�-vis the
Hezbollah, backed by Iran, these sources
"Nothing provides the energy for
imitation as much as success," commented
one administration expert.
A further factor of Hamas' growth was
the fact the PLO moved its base of
operations to Beirut in the '80s,
leaving the Islamic organization to grow
in influence in the Occupied Territories
"as the court of last resort," he said.
When the intifada began, Israeli
leadership was surprised when Islamic
groups began to surge in membership and
strength. Hamas immediately grew in
numbers and violence. The group had
always embraced the doctrine of armed
struggle, but the doctrine had not been
practiced and Islamic groups had not
been subjected to suppression the way
groups like Fatah had been, according to
U.S. government officials.
But with the triumph of the Khomeini
revolution in Iran, with the birth of
Iranian-backed Hezbollah terrorism in
Lebanon, Hamas began to gain in strength
in Gaza and then in the West Bank,
relying on terror to resist the Israeli
Israel was certainly funding the group
at that time. One U.S. intelligence
source who asked not to be named said
that not only was Hamas being funded as
a "counterweight" to the PLO, Israeli
aid had another purpose: "To help
identify and channel towards Israeli
agents Hamas members who were dangerous
In addition, by infiltrating Hamas,
Israeli informers could only listen to
debates on policy and identify Hamas
members who "were dangerous
hard-liners," the official said.
In the end, as Hamas set up a very
system, many collaborators with Israel
were weeded out and shot. Violent acts
of terrorism became the central tenet,
and Hamas, unlike the PLO, was unwilling
to compromise in any way with Israel,
refusing to acquiesce in its very
But even then, some in Israel saw some
benefits to be had in trying to continue
to give Hamas support: "The thinking on
the part of some of the right-wing
Israeli establishment was that Hamas and
the others, if they gained control,
would refuse to have any part of the
peace process and would torpedo any
agreements put in place," said a U.S.
government official who asked not to be
"Israel would still be the only
democracy in the region for the United
States to deal with," he said.
All of which disgusts some former U.S.
"The thing wrong with so many Israeli
operations is that they try to be too
sexy," said former CIA official Vincent
According to former State Department
counter-terrorism official Larry
Johnson, "the Israelis are their own
worst enemies when it comes to fighting
"The Israelis are like a guy who sets
fire to his hair and then tries to put
it out by hitting it with a hammer."
"They do more to incite and sustain
terrorism than curb it," he said.
Aid to Hamas may have looked clever,
"but it was hardly designed to help
smooth the waters," he said. "An
operation like that gives weight to
President George Bush's remark about
there being a crisis in education."
Cordesman said that a similar attempt by
Egyptian intelligence to fund Egypt's
fundamentalists had also come to grief
because of "misreading of the
An Israeli defense official was asked if
Israel had given aid to Hamas said, "I
am not able to answer that question. I
was in Lebanon commanding a unit at the
time, besides it is not my field of
Asked to confirm a report by U.S.
officials that Brig. Gen. Yithaq Segev,
the military governor of Gaza, had told
U.S. officials he had helped fund
"Islamic movements as a counterweight to
the PLO and communists," the official
said he could confirm only that he
believed Segev had served back in 1986.
The Israeli Embassy press office
referred UPI to its Web site when asked
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