Tag: Hamas

Israel Strikes Hamas Targets in Response to Gaza Rocket Fire

The Israel Air Force struck Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strips north early on Monday in response to rocket fire from the enclave.The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement that it had targeted “terror infrastructure” belonging to Hamas, adding that it holds the organization responsible for the escalation. According to sources in Gaza, the […]

Senior Palestinian official calls for unification of Islamic Jihad, Hamas into PLO

Prominent Palestinian politician and former Fatah member Muhammad Dahlan called for the integration of all Palestinian factions, including Islamic Jihad and Hamas, into the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s new government, BBC Arabic reported late last week.   Dahlan, a former leader of Fatah in Gaza, said in his interview that “the homeland of Palestine and the […]

Palestinian Authority continues large scale arrests of Hamas members

Palace reports denied Officials from the Palestinian Authority have denied reports that a $13 million presidential palace was being constructed as a personal residence for the president, or that it was being paid for with public money. Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that instead the palace will be a leadership headquarters and a residence to […]

Israel Air Force targets Hamas munitions operation in Gaza after rocket attack

After a rocket landed in Israel on Thursday, the Israel Air Force responded by attacking a weapons manufacturing target in Gaza, the IDF said.   The site belonged to Hamas and was located in the central part of the coastal territory, according to the IDF.   The army said that it viewed the “Hamas terror […]

Analysis: An Israel-Turkey-Hamas rapprochement?

The long-awaited approval of the natural gas deal by the Israeli government has the potential of turning Israel into a major energy exporter and therefore into a different kind of geopolitical player. This change is already being felt vis-à-vis a former regional ally-turned-challenger: Turkey.   In September 2014, the owners of the Leviathan gas field […]

Senior Hamas delegation to head to Cairo for Israel ceasefire talks: reports

On Sunday, a senior adviser to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Yasin Aktay, said that “Gaza is heading towards a comprehensive agreement on the issue of lifting the blockade and opening the [border] crossings in a long-term ceasefire deal with Israel.”   “The issue was discussed during [Hamas chief] Khaled Meshaal’s visit to Ankara last […]

Report: Iran furious at Hamas’ warming ties with Saudis, cancels delegation’s visit to Tehran

Iran has canceled a scheduled visit by a Hamas delegation to the Islamic Republic in response to Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal’s visit to Tehran’s rival Saudi Arabia last month, the Huffington Post’s Arabic edition quoted informed sources as saying Saturday.   According to the sources, a senior official in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards met with […]

Fatah Demands That Hamas Hand Over Control of Gaza

The back and forth between rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas continued on Monday, with a Fatah official saying that Hamas must hand over rule of Gaza as a condition to forming a unity government.   Speaking to the Ma’an news agency, Fatah official Azzam al-Ahmad said Hamas has to “lift their hands” from Gaza […]

Israel’s War on Palestinian Statehood

Along with Washington, it uses Islamic terrorist elements as  strategic assets. On Sunday, five car bombs were detonated simultaneously in central Gaza City – reportedly targeting Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Vehicles they owned were struck.   Graffiti on nearby walls read “Daesh” (the Islamic State designation). So far no group accepted responsibility. Was it an […]

Rare meeting between Hamas chief and Saudi King may signal warming relations

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal and other top officials from the Palestinian militant group met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and senior Saudi leaders on Friday, a Hamas source said, in the first meeting between the two sides for years.   The meeting brought together top members of Hamas political wing with the Saudi king, crown […]