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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 […]

Hamas Chief Says Armed Wing ‘Stronger’ than Ever

Nearly a year since the end of a devastating 51-day war and armed Palestinian groups in Gaza are stronger than ever, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh asserted on Wednesday.   Speaking during a tour of Rafah, Palestinian media reported, Haniyeh claimed that Hamas’ Al-Qassam Brigades military wing is more powerful and prepared for protecting Gaza from “Zionist” threats than ever before.   Haniyeh said upcoming days […]

Israel-Hamas cease-fire deal would be surrender to terrorism

Avigdor Liberman, the head of Yisrael Beytenu, said Wednesday the Israeli government would be “capitulating to terrorism” if reports that it is negotiating a five-year truce with Hamas are accurate.   In an interview with Army Radio, the former foreign minister called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to come to any understandings with the […]

Israel presents its own report on Gaza war: Hamas is to blame

In a move designed to blunt the impact of an upcoming UN report on last summer’s Gaza conflict expected to castigate Israel, Jerusalem on Sunday rolled out its own 277- page report that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said presented the “true picture” of Operation Protective Edge.   “The report proves unequivocally that the actions carried […]

Palestinian NGO threatens Israel with lawsuit, denies Hamas ties

The British-based Palestinian Return Center on Tuesday threatened Israel’s UN mission with legal action after the Jewish state accused it of having ties to the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an allegation the group said was false.   The Israeli accusations came after a United Nations committee that oversees non-governmental organizations voted to approve UN accreditation […]

Hamas kills ISIS supporter despite 48-hour ultimatum given by ISIS supporter

Youssef al-Hatar, 27, described as a locally known Salafist leader and possibly affiliated with ISIS, was killed in a shootout with Hamas security forces when they came to arrest him at his home in Sheikh Radwan in the northern part of Gaza City. “The young man was suspected of illegal activities”, said the spokesman for […]