While the Arab spring has been shaking up countries in the region, Meshaal seems to be looking for new allies to bring Hamas to the forefront of the Palestinian national movement again. The Islamist movements’ ties to Syria and Iran seem to be loosened, as it has pursued the reconciliation with pro-peace Fatah movement of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, and seems to consider moving its headquarters to either pro-western Jordan or Qatar.
Meshaal has also said to be ready to suspend the military jihad against Israel and to continue with “popular resistance” through non-violent protests. Many analysts believe that Meshaal is looking for a way to end the isolation of Hamas and to turn in into an essential partner in peace negotiations, one that can not be set aside anymore as a terrorist organisation.
Meanwhile, Haniyeh, Hamas’ prime minister for Gaza, is also working to strengthen ties with other Arab countries. It is not yet clear which one of two leaders will take a leading role in the determination of Hamas’ strategies.
Reuters, United States