Sober political analysis from Herb Keinon at the Jerusalem Post:
…Putin’s invitation to Hamas Thursday didn’t come out of the blue. A week earlier at a mammoth press conference in the Kremlin, he made it clear that Moscow did not view Hamas the same way the US and Europe did.
His answer to a question about Hamas was extremely telling. Hamas’s victory, he said, “is a big setback, an important setback for American efforts in the Middle East. A very serious setback.”
And an American setback in the Middle East is good for Russia; it provides Russia with an opportunity.
Putin’s invitation to Hamas was not a jab at Israel, although we will definitely feel the sting, as much as it was a swipe at US regional policies. Putin has identified a place where Russia can play a key position. If everyone else is boycotting Hamas and Russia talks with it, then Russia has just won itself a starring role…