“The political dreams and the satisfaction by Meshaal from his Walid Jumblatt-like shifts all came crashing once the Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi regime removed the Ikhwan regime by force. To make things worse, Qatar had a change of emir and retreated into a role that is more subordinate to the Saudi regime. The Syrian regime (for a variety of reasons and not only – as simplistically indicated by John Kerry and Western media – due to the Hezbollah and Iran’s support) strengthened its position on the ground and Syrian armed opposition fragmented further. Hamas became more isolated.”