Egyptian General tells Hamas leaders as meeting in Gaza on Thursday night was terminated abruptly after being surprised by out-going missiles on Tel Aviv, “Even if the Israelis decide to dismantle your rule in Gaza by assassinating each and every one of you” we won’t “lift a finger.”
By Daniel Siryoti
Shortly after 9 p.m. on Thursday, minutes after sirens blared across central Israel and a loud boom overhead shook the area, senior Egyptian intelligence officers became outraged during a meeting with Hamas officials in Gaza.
“Just so you know,” they leveled at Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh, “if Israel decides to launch a comprehensive military operation in Gaza we won’t do a thing to stop it, even if it decides to simultaneously topple Hamas and conquer the Gaza Strip.” Continue Reading »
Egyptian sources say Hamas members have divided behind the group’s top 2 leaders, who don’t speak to one another, over Ismail Haniyeh’s outright rejection of an Egyptian deal which would have seen prisoners released, Israeli soldiers’ remains repatriated, and the easing of border restrictions into Egypt.
By Daniel Siryoti
A deep rift has formed within the Hamas leadership surrounding the ongoing, weekly Gaza border protests that have claimed the lives of dozens of demonstrators so far, with more demonstrations planned for the coming weeks.
A quarrel has erupted between the two strongest figures in the group – Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar and Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh, Israel Hayom recently learned from senior Hamas sources. Continue Reading »
Hamas leader in Gaza: ‘We will not… cannot recognize Israel and the conditions of the occupation are unacceptable….We can strike Israel for 51 minutes at the same level that we attacked Tel Aviv for 51 days.’
By Dalit Halevi
Hamas’s leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, is continuing his rhetoric against Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), stressing on Tuesday that the weapons held by the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s “military wing”, will continue to serve as the spearhead in the struggle for the liberation of Palestine.
Hamas leader, Yahya Sinwar – Screen Shot: YouTube/Arab mrdia
In a meeting with representatives of labor unions on behalf of the Palestinian Arab organizations, Sinwar said that “the Palestinian people are still at the stage of national liberation and cannot give up their weapons.” Continue Reading »
In Hamas’ decision to dismantle their ‘administrative control’ in Gaza, the radical Islamic movement has moved the ball into Abbas’s court. The PA leader’s refusal to end the sanctions he imposed on the costal enclave’s population 5 months ago would portray the Palestinian autocrat in an even more dictatorial role, especially vis-à-vis Egypt, since they brokered Hamas’ surprise decision.
Since he began imposing sanctions on the Gaza Strip five months ago, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas repeatedly declared that dismantling the Gaza Strip’s administrative committee would be the only way to end the sanctions and ease the pressure on Hamas. Continue Reading »