Bet you didn't know that Hamas was financed by Israel.

Israel and Hamas may currently be locked in deadly combat, but, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials, beginning in the late 1970s, Tel Aviv gave direct and indirect financial aid to Hamas over a period of years.
Israel "aided Hamas directly -- the Israelis wanted to use it as a counterbalance to the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)," said Tony Cordesman, Middle East analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies.

Or that the USA used to militarily support saddam Hussein? Or that teh British Empire propped up Abdul Wahab, founder of the Wahabbi sect, to exert control via counterbalance on Arabia?

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