“MEB” sources in Amman report that the king of Jordan rejected a package of financial assistance from Qatar in return for helping Hamas to off side Egyptian pressure exerted on the movement by the post Morsi regime in Egypt and allow the Gaza based group to establish a presence in the Kingdom.
Hamas is coming under increasing pressure domestically as well. A rising youth group in Gaza borrowed the name “Tamarud” from the grass roots Egyptian organization that helped overthrow Morsi was formed recently. The general assumption among Hamas leaders is that it was formed by the Egyptian General Intelligence (EGI) service to provide Cairo with a useful leverage to force Hamas to cooperate in the battle against Islamist in North Sinai. EGI is rumored to have assisted the Egyptian Tamarud in its drive to topple the frmer Egyptian presiden.
The rejection of Doha’s conditioned assistance, estimated at $ 300 million is a reflection of the retreat of Qatar’s influence after its golden era of about two years. Saudi Arabia was able to inflect painful losses on the Qataris’ regional plans during the last few months. Last year King Abdullah invited Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mesha’al to Amman reflecting the Moslem Brotherhood (MB) rise in the region. Jordan’s rejection of any Hamas presence now reflects the change of that perception.
Another indication of the dwindling influence of the MB in the region is the noticeable decrease in the number and intensity of the Islamists’s protests in Jordan. While the kingdom did not yet implement a serious reform program, the risk is that the retreat of protest will make this program less likely now than it was a year earlier.