Yesterday, Imad al-Alami died as a result of accidentally shooting himself in the head. This 61-year-old man was not only one of the founders of the terrorist organization but also one of its main leaders. In addition, he was classified as a “specially designated global terrorist.”
Considering the way Hamas has lost much of the influence and power he had over the last few years, experts believe that this situation would probably represent the beginning of its end.
After all, some reports pointed out that al-Alami was one of the main cornerstones of the terrorist organization considering his knowledge, expertise, and his deep connections with other Islamic terrorist groups such as Hezbollah.
The 61-year-old man was allegedly inspecting his own gun when it supposedly discharged. This situation took place on January 9, and several reports point out that Hamas has been trying to hide this information in order to prevent other factions to take advantage of its leadership crisis.
As everyone knows, the Palestinian terrorist group is experiencing what many consider as its most difficult moment since it was founded, considering that the Israeli conflict seems completely lost after the Jerusalem move.
In addition, another delicate situation that this group is facing is the lack of support from historic allies and the declaration of war that they received from the Islamic State.
As the Conservative Daily Post reported in a previous article, the Islamic State is now targeting the Palestinian terrorist group for failing to represent the Islamic interests in the proper way.
Of course, experts believe this situation has two different scenarios that the international community should take into consideration. Lamentably, while one of these actually represents great news, the other one is quite concerning.
On one hand, it is a fact that a conflict between two terrorist organizations always provides a strategic advantage to the factions that are fighting against them. This way, a battle between the Islamic State and Hamas would be quite beneficial for the Western powers.
As a matter of fact, this new conflict between these Islamic terrorist organizations would also open the possibility of a future negotiation where the Israeli and U.S. interests could be fulfilled.
After all, most analysts agree that while the Islamic State has been diminished by the Western forces, they remain way more powerful than Hamas. In fact, the Islamic State’s power and influence remain a threat to the world, and especially the Middle East.
On the other hand, what seems to be the very negative aspect of this situation is the fact that violence could increase in Israel, which would intensify the world powers’ operations in the Middle East.
According to several reports, al-Alami was classified as a “specially designated global terrorist” by the United States back in 2003. At this time, the administration of George W. Bush was just executing its actions in the Middle East.
As reported by Israel National News, Hamas hasn’t acknowledged the death of al-Alami publicly. As a matter of fact, one spokesman of the terrorist group named Fawzy Barhoum recently claimed that rumors of al-Alami’s death were completely false.
Apparently, one of the main reasons why al-Alami was such a significant figure in the Palestinian terrorist organization is because of his connections to the Iranian Hezbollah, which has always been one of the main supporters of Hamas.
The 61-year old man served as an intermediary between this group and its supporters in the Iranian regime. In fact, he represented Hamas in Iran soon after he was exiled from Israel back in 1994.
This situation continued for years until he decided to emigrate to Damascus 14 years later. Many believe al-Alami made this move just because the Iranian regime wanted it. Naturally, he fulfilled the orders just to ensure Hezbollah’s support.
Al-Alami returned to Gaza in 2012, and during the Operation Protective Edge in 2014 when Israel went to war with Hamas after some of its terrorist first murdered three Jewish teenagers, unknown perpetrators broke his legs by throwing him from a high place.
As reported by Foreign Policy, al-Alami was probably the most important member of Hamas considering he was the figure who had the connections with the Iranians and its proxies.
Thanks to his deep relation with the Iranian regime and the Hezbollah, Hamas received not only military training but also billions of dollars in financial and material aid.
Given this whole picture, while Hamas could remain operating in Gaza for a couple of years, its violent influence could be experiencing its last moments.