Qatar and Iran have sparked a new rivalry over the funding of Hamas, a group primarily responsible for the recent violence against Israel. Qatar has been sending aid in the form of money and food to factions of Hamas in Gaza, and Iran has been attempting to bolster Hamas by donating missiles with increased range to help the group bomb Israel. This fight over Hamas’ friendship is not the first argument to pop up between Iran and Qatar, but it has some of the most serious consequences for relations between the two countries.

The security issue here is not only the competition over Hamas’ loyalty, but the indirect consequences for the other countries in the Middle East, especially Israel. Also, with the unstable state of Syria close by, other terrorist factions may begin competing for countries’ aid, which poses a great threat to the security of the state of Israel.