For many years, Hamas and Iran were close. The Iranian regime supported Hamas and was proud of it. And Hamas was proud of being aligned with the regime in Tehran.
Then came the civil war in Syria.
Hamas as a Sunni organization could not support Iran’s position in that war. Iran was backing the Alawite Assad regime, who carried out massacres and ethnic cleansing of Sunnis in different part of Syria. Hamas eventually broke ranks with Assad and the Iranian regime over their policies in Syria.
However recently, especially after the recent Israel – Hamas war, Hamas and Iran slowly but surely tried to repair their relations.
But, it seems that once again, their relations could suffer yet another blow.
Hamas took a significant risk on Saturday, when it released a message of support for ousted the Yemeni president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, and as a consequence its support for the Saudi-led military operation in Yemen against the Shiite Houthi rebels, Iran’s allies, who have captured massive parts of the country and brought down the Sunni regime.
Hamas already supported the opposite side to Tehran in the Syrian civil war. Its now doing it again in Yemen. This will not go down well in Tehran.