Archive for the ‘Khaled Mashaal’ Category

Abbas Says He Runs Gaza, Not Hamas

February 2, 2009

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that he will not hold reconciliation talks with the rival Hamas group unless it accepts his authority.

That may not be easy as Hamas is the elected government of Gaza.

And the exiled leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal, directly challenged the Palestinian Authority president’s power Wednesday, saying the group of Palestinian factions led by Abbas – known as the PLO – “in its current state is no authority.”

Today Abbas discussed the matter with Egypt’s President Mubarak in Cairo.

Hamas also has a group of diplomats in Cairo today to discuss the cease fire with Israel.

Jerusalem Post:
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=123
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CNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/me
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Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian ... 
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (R) talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (C) and Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal during their meeting in Cairo February 2, 2009. Abbas on Sunday ruled out dialogue with Hamas unless it recognises the supremacy of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), deepening the split between the two main Palestinian groups.REUTERS/Amr Dalsh (EGYPT)
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Russia “Herding Squirrels” Iran, Syria, Hamas Toward Cease Fire

January 16, 2009

Russia is in the enviable position tonight of trying to convince some of the most recalcitant governments on the face of the earth to accept defeat at the hands of Israel and attend a cease fire meeting.

A senior Russian diplomat called the task “Herding squirrels.”

The task has fallen to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, according to AFP.

“We are sending the appropriate signals to Hamas representatives and to those states that have influence on Hamas, meaning above all Iran and Syria,” of the need to accept the Egyptian plan, Lavrov said at a news conference.

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of Israel so often that it is almost impossible to envision him telling Hamas to play like nice children and attend the cease fire summit.

Mr. Ahmadinejad won’t even say the word “Israel,” preferring the terminology of denial.  He says “Zionist State.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium ... 
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.(AFP/File/Atta Kenare)

Earlier Friday, Hamas’ Syrian-based political chief Khaled Mashaal rejected Israeli conditions for a truce and demanded an immediate opening of the besieged territory’s borders.

Mashaal  called on all Arab countries to cut ties with the Jewish state during a summit of Arab leaders in Doha, Qatar.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Syrian President Bashar Assad gave Mashaal their full backing, but significantly, both Egypt and Saudi Arabia boycotted the summit.

Leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal.
Leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashaal.

So, faced with this lovely scenario, Mr. Lavrov is urging all key players to sit nicely and enjoy a cease fire summit.

That is whay Israel has already said it is fully prepared for a “Unilateral Cease Fire.”

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom

Related:
Iran’s President Accuses Israel of “Massacre,” Condemns US, UN, Britain
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 Russia urges Iran, Syria to pressure Hamas on ceasefire

Hamas remains defiant despite pounding

January 13, 2009

The Gaza militants embrace ‘heroic role’ as bombardment continues.

By Ilene Prusher
The Christian Science Monitor

Israeli forces continued to bombard the homes of Hamas leaders on Monday as the war in the Gaza Strip entered its 17th day. So far Israel says that at least 300 militants are among the more than 900 Palestinians killed.

But Hamas insists that it has not been significantly hurt – tactically speaking – by the onslaught. Government offices and tunnels have been destroyed. Its leaders are pinned down, unable to move freely or show their faces in public or even communicate on cellphones that can be tracked by the Israeli army. Israel recently killed Amir Mansi, commander of Hamas’s Gaza rocket division, and its stream of Qassams has dropped 50 percent since the assault began. But it is still able to launch rockets at Israel.

Has Israel decimated the Hamas leadership – and eroded its support among Gazans? Are its senior political chiefs based in Syria calling the shots and prolonging a battle that war-weary Gazans would increasingly like to see ended?

Inside Gaza, relief is needed immediately; rebuilding could take five years. Hamas in Gaza sent a three-man delegation to Cairo to work on reaching a deal. But Hamas leaders from abroad have taken a harder line, indicating that it would rather fight until the last man than agree to a cease-fire that doesn’t meet its demands.

Khaled Mashaal, the Syria-based political leader of Hamas and the man who holds more sway than any of the Hamas leadership in Gaza, says that Hamas will only agree to a truce if all border crossings are open. He rejects any new measures to prevent the smuggling of additional weapons into Gaza.

Mr. Mashaal said Monday that Hamas won’t accept “any discussion” about restricting its possession of weapons, adding, “No one has the right to limit the right of our people to look for a rifle to defend ourselves.”

Read the rest:
http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/011
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A look at the Islamic militant Hamas group

January 9, 2009

NAME: Arabic for “zeal.” Is acronym of Harakat al-Muqawamah al-Islamiyyah, or Islamic Resistance Movement. Use first was in 1987 leaflet presaging launch of first Palestinian uprising against Israel, 1987-93.

GOAL: To establish Islamic theocracy in Israel, West Bank and Gaza Strip. Does not recognize state of Israel and committed to its destruction.

OPERATIONS: Built grass-roots base through preaching and network of health, education and welfare services in Gaza Strip and West Bank. Preaches armed resistance against Israel and has staged dozens of suicide bombings and other attacks, killing hundreds. Listed as terror group by U.S., European Union and Israel.

FUNDING: Community services financed by Arab agencies and Islamic charities; Israel claims funding for military wing (Izzedine al-Qassam) comes from Iran, Syria and Palestinians living abroad.

HISTORY: Began as offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood in 1970s. Initially supported by Israel as counterbalance to Yasser Arafat’s Palestine Liberation Organization. Early activity concentrated on social and community issues; militant faction took over in 1980s. Entered politics with run for Palestinian parliament in 2006, defeating long-dominant Fatah.

GAZA TAKEOVER: Seized control of Gaza in 2007 during five days of battles with Fatah forces loyal to moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

DECISION-MAKING: Khaled Mashaal, former physics teacher who lives in Syria, considered….

Read the rest from The Associated Press:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090109/ap_on_re_
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