One diplomat, who asked not to be identified, said intelligence reports showed that Iran had reduced funding for Hamas.
Other diplomatic sources, also relying on intelligence assessments, said the payments had stopped over the past two months.
The diplomats cited Iran's displeasure over Hamas' refusal to hold rallies in support of Tehran's ally, Assad, in Palestinian refugee camps in Syria after an uprising against his rule. Hamas' leadership outside the Gaza Strip is headquartered in Damascus.With Gaddafi's four-decade reign of Libya now apparently having come to an end, attention shifts back to Syria, where Bashar al-Assad continues to remain defiant in the face of resilient streets protests calling for his ouster. For the Islamic Republic, the Alawai regime's survival is crucial. Were Assad to fall, Iran would not only lose its chief regional ally, but would also find it increasing difficult to prop up Hezbollah, its Shiaa proxy based in neighboring Lebanon.
And that's not to mention the emotional and psychological boost Iran's opposition would have with the fall of yet another tyrant in its backyard. With Ben Ali and Mubarak overthrown, Saleh recuperating in Riyadh, Gaddafi now on the run, and Assad backed increasingly into a corner, the Arab Spring is inching ever-closer to Iran's doorstep. Time will tell if and how Iran's opposition will mount a resurgence, and were that come to pass, how an increasingly-isolated Iranian leadership will respond.
With the fall of Tripoli, all eyes are now on Damascus.