As Hamas moved its headquarters out of Syria last Friday, speculations have started on which country will host the Palestinian organisation. Turkey, “one of the strongest advocates of the Palestinian case”, according to its president Abdullah Gul, is a potential candidate.
International media reported that Turkey offered $300 million to Gazan Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in early January, and that they are hereby willing to fill the void created by suspended financial aid from Iran. Turkey denies this claim.
More open and direct support from Turkey and the rest of the Arab world to Hamas could make way for the Islamist movement to gain recognition and to rely less on violence against Israeli civilians to advocate their cause, according to an analyst.
Today’s Zaman, Ankara.