Rafi Dajani of ATFP sends this item in whih The New York Times examines how the events in the occupied Palestinian territories are symptomatic of the larger regional dynamics pitting groups aligned with Iran and Syria against Western-backed governments
HAMAS CONQUEST OF GAZA DISTURBS ARAB WORLD WITH ECHOES OF RECENT SPLITS AND ALL By Michael Slackman - New York Times - June 21, 2007
CAIRO, June 20 — The conquest of the Gaza Strip by Hamas has frightened Arab leaders because it was characterized by the same dynamics that have been agitating the region.
Once again, as in Lebanon last summer, the fight pitted a Western-backed government against a newly empowered, radical Islamist group aligned with Syria and Iran. And, once again, the Western-backed group lost and the Iranian-Syrian group won.
The outcome demonstrated the rising threat to the status quo in places like Cairo; Amman, Jordan; and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, posed by political Islam. And it gave Iran yet another foothold on Arab borders.
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