The Obama administration’s eschewal of military intervention in favor of diplomacy has benefited Iran and Bashar al-Assad at the expense of Israel and the Syrian rebels.
Hamas’s Tactics of Attrition and Extortion Are Paying Off
In January, the Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh visited Iran after promising the Egyptian government that he would not. Cairo responded by cutting exports of cooking gas and tires to the Gaza Strip. Facing a possible domestic crisis, the terrorist group recently resumed sending balloon-borne explosives into Israel, and allowed other jihadists to fire rockets. The move succeeded, despite retaliatory strikes by the IDF, writes Elior Levy: