"Assad says, “When the crisis began, [Hamas officials] claimed that they gave us advice. This is a lie. Who are they to give Syria advice? Then they said that we asked for their help, which is also not true. What business do they have in internal Syrian affairs?”Israel would be doing the Palestinians a big favour by getting rid of Hamas. But they're not interested in doing that. They want Hamas to remain in power. So they might strike a few targets here and there that is of relative importance, but nothing too damaging. They don't want to kill the golden goose. The greatest misfortune of the Palestinian people today is that Hamas has become their defenders.
Later, the president of the World Federation of Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, made his insulting statements about Syria. Assad says, “Yes, we demanded that they take a stance. A while later, they came and said that they spoke with Qaradawi. We said that those who want to take a political stance should do so publicly. What value does a stance have if taken in closed rooms?”
Estrangement between Hamas and the Syrian regime ensued. Assad holds that Hamas ultimately decided to abandon resistance and to fully merge with the Muslim Brotherhood. He adds, “This was not the first time they had betrayed us. It happened before in 2007 and 2009. Their history is one of treachery and betrayal.” Assad then wished “someone would persuade them to return to being a resistance movement,” but says that he doubts this will happen. “Hamas has sided against Syria from day one. They have made their choice,” he adds."
Video Title: Egyptian TV Hosts Slam Hamas Leaders: We Are Sick and Tired of You. Source: MEMRI TV. Date Published: July 14, 2014.