Hamas Leadership Left Syria, Deputy Leader Confirms (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 02/27/12)
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Hamas confirmed on Sunday that its leadership has left its longtime
base in Syria because of the crackdown on protests there, The
Associated Press reported.
The terror group’s No. 2, Moussa Abu Marzouk, told AP that Hamas
still has offices in Syria, but acknowledged that “practically, we
are no longer in Syria because we couldn´t practice our duties there.”
Abu Marzouk, who according to AP has moved to a cottage on the
outskirts of Cairo where he uses the second floor as an office, told
the news agency that the group’s politburo chief, Khaled Mashaal, and
his aides have moved to Doha.
“Our position on Syria is that we are not with the regime in its
security solution, and we respect the will of the people,” he told AP.
In recent months, Hamas has increasingly drifted away from longtime
patrons Iran and Syria, in part because of Syrian President Bashar
Assad´s bloody campaign against regime opponents.
Abu Marzouk’s comments verify Arab media reports from earlier this
month, according to which Mashaal, fearing to return to Syria, set up
shop in Qatar.
Abu Marzouk is also reportedly a member of a camp within Hamas that
is calling for the terror group to break off its ties with Iran.
He was recently quoted as having said that he believes that Hamas
should not disassociate itself from Iran without receiving something
Abu Marzouk reportedly told one of his associates in Jordan that
Hamas cannot abandon Iran without finding an alternative among the
other Arab countries.
In his Sunday interview with AP, however, he said Hamas wants to keep
its ties with Iran, but stood up to Tehran in refusing to side with
“The Iranians are not happy with our position on Syria, and when they
are not happy they don´t deal with you in the same old way,” Abu
Marzouk said, though he would not say how much money Hamas receives
The group’s deputy politburo chief also addressed the unity deal
between Hamas and its political rival, Palestinian Chairman Mahmoud
Abbas’ Fatah faction. Abu Marzouk told AP the deal faces steep
obstacles despite optimistic assessments made by both sides in public.
The unity deal, which was reached earlier this month in Doha, called
to have Abbas lead an interim unity government ahead of general
elections. During talks in Cairo last week, however, Hamas reneged on
the previous agreement and outlined new terms.
Abbas insists that the interim government adopt his nonviolent
political program, Abu Marzouk said, but Hamas is arguing the
government should have no political program at all since it will be
He added that Hamas also wants the government to be sworn in by and
be accountable to the outgoing Hamas-dominated parliament, defunct
since the violent Hamas takeover of Gaza in 2007, but Abbas refuses
to accept that. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 02/27/12)
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