Turkish efforts to tighten laws to block financing for terrorist groups will be in the spotlight at meetings in Paris starting today, amid U.S. concerns that funds are moving through Turkey to al-Qaeda-linked groups in Syria.
Khaled Mashaal told the Palestinian Hamas movement’s ruling council that he does not plan to run again for its leadership, according to a statement from the body, which asked him to reconsider his decision.
Thousands of Palestinians wearing the green scarves of Hamas rallied in the Gaza Strip to mark the 25th anniversary of the Islamic group’s founding with calls for military action as the only way to achieve statehood.
The head of Hamas said Israel must end its blockade of the Gaza Strip if a cease-fire is to be agreed upon, as Israeli ground forces honed preparations to enter the territory for the first time in almost four years.
The Islamic Hamas movement and the secular Fatah party agreed that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will head an interim unity government that aims to facilitate elections and rebuild the Gaza Strip.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s anti-Israeli rhetoric fuels his popularity in the Arab world as he seeks to become a leader in the region. He’s increasingly antagonizing the West as he takes on that role.
The news that the mainstream Palestinian group Fatah has agreed to form a unity government with the militantly Islamist Hamas may move some to dismay. Although there are ample reasons for that reaction, this development may also present an opportunity.