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In direct contradiction to a statement earlier this month, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaal is quietly moving his headquarters to Qatar.
According to the LIGNET intelligence website, Mashaal announced Friday he will “temporarily” be carrying out Hamas activities from Qatar. However, “Hamas is keeping its Damascus offices open.”
Mashaal made the announcement after the terrorist organization closed a Palestinian Authority unity government deal with the rival Fatah faction.
"Mashaal likely wants to take advantage of Qatar's growing influence in the region and its reputation as a reliable negotiator and a friend of the Palestinian cause,” commented the Langley Intelligence Group in a statement posted Friday on the LIGNET website.
While Mashaal is setting up shop in Qatar, however, his rival in upcoming Hamas elections arrived Friday on an official visit to Tehran.
Gaza's de facto Hamas Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, delivered a fiery address to some 30,000 supporters on Saturday to commemorate the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, vowing Hamas “will never recognize Israel.”
The report cited sources in Gaza who said Haniyeh is pushing for a split within Hamas due to his disagreement with the organization’s politburo chief Khaled Mashaal on the way the terror group should conduct itself.
Recent reports indicated that a new camp within Hamas is interested in ending the terror group’s relationship with Iran.
The report cited an interview a-Zahar gave to a television station affiliated with the Islamic Jihad, in which he said that no Arab regime can see the changes in the Arab world and ignore them. A-Zahar warned that it would not be wise for the Arab regimes to wait until struggles break out in their own countries.
Kol Yisrael cited one report in the Arab press which said that Abu Marzouk told one of his associates in Jordan that Hamas cannot abandon Iran without finding an alternative among the other Arab countries. The report said that some Hamas officials have also objected to the upcoming visit to Tehran by the group’s Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh.
Meanwhile, Hamas and Jordan seem to have gotten closer recently. Earlier this week, Mashaal met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in Amman, in his first visit to Jordan since being expelled from it in 1999.
Do you think sanctions are hurting Iran's support of Hamas and they're looking for a new sponsor?
Maybe even believe that Iran is getting ready to end up like Syria and trying to get out before the SHTF and no other country will be willing to support them and their cause?
Hamas is clearly undergoing a "reorientation" as a result of geopolitical changes in the region, said Shlomo Brom, director of the program on Israeli-Palestinian relations at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University. "Hamas is moving away from Syria and Iran, and to a certain degree from Hezbollah, and is repositioning itself in line with the popular movements behind the Arab Spring and the democratization process, particularly in Egypt and Tunisia," Brom said. "A renewed push for reconciliation with Fatah should be seen as part of this reorientation."
It’s too early to say whether Hamas is undergoing a real change in its positions. At the end of December, during a meeting in Cairo with Fatah and Islamic Jihad, which is also considered a terrorist group, Meshaal declared his willingness to adopt a strategy of popular resistance used in the Arab Spring, as opposed to terrorism. Meshaal also expressed openness to a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip along the pre-Six-Day War lines with eastern Jerusalem as its capital.
Gain support, get elected, and then turn and do an about face to become the next tyrannical rulers in the region committing jihad on anyone who gets in their way.
This whole push for "democracy" in the arabic world is a front to allow the muslim brotherhood to regain control of the region and recreate the Ottoman Empire which TMB has been fighting hard for since 1924.
I have a feeling that once the arabic regions of the middle east get taken by the Muslim Brotherhood, Turkey is going to give the E.U. the finger and become the head of the Ottoman Empire again
Once Assad goes down (and he will) then the muslim brotherhood's eyes are going to turn towards Iran and they've probably been eyeballing the Iranians for a while now.
Originally posted by SpeachM1litant
reply to post by Deetermined
That would be ironic considering Hamas is an off-shoot of the Brotherhood, which disagreed in the manner in which the Brotherhood conducted itself.
Originally posted by Deetermined
reply to post by SpeachM1litant
"Supreme Guide" of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood reiterates that caliphate is its goal" (January 3, 2012)
"Turkey wants to revive Ottoman Empire"
edit on 12-2-2012 by Deetermined because: (no reason given)