Hamas one year on

On the first anniversary of OPE, the organization is moving closer to Saudi Arabia, is deterred from attacking Israel and is seeking reconciliation with Egypt.

July 28, 2015 13:16
Khaled Mashaal

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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In a surprise move Khaled Mashaal, the head of the political arm of the militant Palestinian Islamic movement Hamas (which had previously been in the Iranian camp), met mid- July with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and other top officials in Riyadh. The meeting came a few days after the six world powers signed a historic deal in Vienna to reduce Iran’s nuclear capabilities in exchange for a gradual lifting of sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The meeting can be interpreted as another attempt by the Arab Sunni states to form a united front against Shi’ite Iran’s expansionism, especially after the agreement. The immediate result of the meeting was reportedly the decision by Saudi authorities to release a number of Hamas activists detained months earlier for money laundering.


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