How Israel helped spawn Hamas as a counterweight to the PLO, analogous to how the U.S. encouraged the Mujahedin in Afghanistan to counter the Soviet Union which ultimately led to Al Qaeda and 9/11.

Israel’s experience echoes that of the U.S., which, during the Cold War, looked to Islamists as a useful ally against communism. Anti-Soviet forces backed by America after Moscow’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan later mutated into al Qaeda.

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