Mid-East Expert: Hamas Fighting Israel Because Of Egypt

Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 12:37 PM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continues in spite of efforts by Egypt to broker a cease-fire, Middle East expert Walid Phares says that Hamas is really fighting with Israel because of Egypt.

"The most important reason for Hamas to engage in this confrontation has nothing to do actually with Israel or with events inside Gaza," Phares told John Bachman and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.

Story continues below video.



Note: Watch Newsmax TV now on DIRECTV Ch. 349 and DISH Ch. 223
Get Newsmax TV on your cable system – Click Here Now

"Ironically, it has to do with Egypt because Hamas was the ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Brotherhood was toppled in Egypt," he explained.

The Middle East expert explained that leading up to the conflict between Hamas and Israel, "the Egyptian army was getting closer and closer in the Sinai Peninsula over the last few months and they have detected that Hamas is involved in terrorism in Egypt."

According to Phares, the "attorney generals, in Egypt were about to issue warrants for arrests of leaders from Hamas."

"So the best way for Hamas to get away from the Egyptian trap was to wage a war against Israelis," he explained. "By doing so, then Egypt will stop, then the Arab world will side with Hamas, and the bad guy will become Israel and Hamas' acts in Egypt will be forgotten or erased for the time being."

While Egypt has been successful in negotiating cease-fires in the past, Phares explained that the last time that was done was in 2012 under former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, "the head of the Muslim Brotherhood."

Phares is the author of "The Lost Spring: US Policy in the Middle East and Catastrophes to Avoid," which came out in March.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Foundation's Scott Neil: Injured Green Berets Need Your Help

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:42 PM

A group of dedicated military veterans is asking for help in their quest to provide financial assistance to Green Berets . . .

Mideast Expert: Europe Vulnerable to Lone-Wolf Terror

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 17:42 PM

A spate of lone-wolf attacks in France proves that European countries helping to fight the Islamic State must also guard . . .

Rep. Barnes: Transparency Beats Limits on Campaign Finance

Friday, 26 Dec 2014 16:18 PM

A Missouri legislator who describes his state's campaign financing system as "the worst" told Newsmax TV on Friday that, . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved