Walid Phares checks in:
This report quoting Palestinian authorities accusing Iranian and Syrian intelligence of fomenting the "coup" in Gaza corroborates our analysis of last week putting the Hamas takeover in the framework of the Iranian offensive on the eastern Mediterranean. The PA [Palestinian Authority] intelligence branch is now exposing the emerging hand of Tehran and Damascus we were expecting to see.
In previous analysis for "The Tank," in interviews, and in forthcoming articles, I have argued that Hamas was literally ordered by the Tehran-Damascus axis to seize Gaza fully in a move corresponding with an offensive along the eastern Mediterranean north and south of Israel in Lebanon and in Gaza. The analysis I developed wasn't only about the actual Iranian support of Hamas — we knew about that — but it was primarily about the strategic command and control the Iranian regime has over Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This development, in addition to crumbling the academic fallacy that Hamas is just an "independent liberation movement" reveals a regional terror dimension this group has with all of its geopolitical consequences.