Abbas, Qatar's al-Thani, and Mashaal_390.
(photo credit: Reuters)
Hamas, recognized as a terrorist organization by the European Union and the
United States, appears to be undergoing a worrisome process of legitimization of
late.Over the past few months, Ismail Haniyeh has been meeting and
greeting the heads of numerous “moderate” Muslim states, including Turkey,
Tunisia, Egypt and Bahrain, where he has been received with much pomp and
ceremony. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, accompanied by Qatar’s crown prince,
Tamim bin Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, was, meanwhile, hosted at the end of
January by Jordan’s King Abdullah II.