Last week, Ismail Haniyeh, the head of the Hamas politburo, sent a letter to the leaders of the Yemenite Houthi rebels—a group whose motto is “Allah is great; death to America; death to Israel; curse the Jews; victory to Islam!”—calling for an alliance. Khaled Abu Toameh, noting that the two groups are backed by Iran to varying degrees, comments:
Haniyeh’s letter to the Houthi leadership is clearly part of Hamas’s effort to enlist the Yemeni group for attacks on Israel. Hamas seems to be hoping that its alliance with the Houthi movement might stop some Arab countries from normalizing their relations with Israel.
Hamas’s leaders have repeatedly expressed deep concern over the apparent rapprochement between some Gulf states and Israel. . . . Some Arabs. [however], are now voicing extreme unease over the cooperation between Hamas and the Houthi movement. They say it would strengthen Iran’s terrorist proxies and cause a further deterioration of the situation in war-torn Yemen.
The “price” Iran is demanding for its financial and military aid is that Hamas remain a loyal proxy and carry out all instructions it receives from Tehran, including meddling in the internal affairs of Arab states and launching terrorist attacks against Israel.
The Hamas-Houthi alliance also shows that Iran is seeking to expand the terrorist activities of its agents in the Gaza Strip, Yemen. and Lebanon not only against Israel and the U.S., but against Arab and Islamic states as well.