That Hamas chose to launch its massive barrage against Israel after President Obama’s re-election is no coincidence. He’s given it every reason to feel it can act with relative impunity.
The president’s unconditional support for two of Hamas’ biggest enablers in the region — Turkey and the new Muslim Brotherhood regime in Egypt — clearly have emboldened the terror group.
Since taking control of Gaza in 2006, Hamas has regularly shelled Israel. But rocket and mortar attacks against its civilians have increased each year since Obama took office.
Through Nov. 20 of this year, Hamas fired a total of 1,203 missiles and rockets, up from 156 for all of 2009, according to an unclassified Israel Defense Forces report. Through Oct. 31, meanwhile, mortar attacks more than doubled to 204.
After Obama was re-elected, the terror group intensified its bombardment of Israel, firing more than 640 rockets through last week’s cease-fire.