Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, has notified the Hamas leadership that he will not seek reelection. Palestinian analysts claim that the move is due to a growing rift between Hamas’ Gaza-based leader, Ismail Haniyeh, and Syria-based Khaled Meshal. Meshal’s recent statements have been in support of a reconciliation deal with Fatah and have hinted at the acceptance of peace with Israel, with Hamas seeking the establishment of a Palestinian state on pre-1967 borders through a popular, nonviolent, struggle. The Gaza-based Haniyeh, however, has sought closer ties with Islamic Jihad and repeatedly emphasizes that Hamas will continue an armed struggle in order to establish a Palestinian state “from the sea to the river.” Because of the deteriorating situation in Syria and the resulting decline in funds and arms transferred to Gaza from Syria, Meshal’s influence has diminished. As a result, in order to preempt his ousting, he has effectively quit.