Before it was interesting, but now it's really getting good. Just this week the Egyptian security service intercepted a Hamas official who was carrying millions of dollars of Iranian cash. The money was going... Want to guess?
Obviously Hamas couldn’t hold the Israeli Defense Force in the most recent flare-up of violence. So, they wanted to inflict as much damage as possible, while being in charge of the rebuilding effort. It’s one of those "how to win by losing" kind of things.
That is why I’m not surprised that Hamas recently hijacked UN aid supplies intended for the people of Gaza. It is essential for Hamas to retain this kind of grass-roots support.
But back to the Iranian cash, it truly is evidence that the post-modern glue of "new Persia" is no myth. Remember Hezbollah's rebuilding effort after the 2006 war? Jihad al-Bina is the name of Hezbollah's construction company, and it's supported by Iranian cash. Putting in the extra effort to rebuild these war-torn communities definitely gets its own chapter in the guerrilla playbook. It's one of the fundamental reasons why the Hezbollahs and Hamases of the world stay in power.
And according to the pro-Cedar revolution newspaper, Now Lebanon, Hamas has around $40 million to spend rebuilding the Gaza Strip.