Khaled Mashal

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Report: Mashal temporarily moves Hamas HQ to Qatar

According to Asharq al-Awsat, the headquarters for Hamas will temporarily be located in Qatar, after being moved out of Damascus, Syria. This move will ensure that foreign officials will feel comfortable meeting with Hamas at their headquarters as the volatile situation in Damascus has interfered with the Islamist movement’s ability to host international partners. Nevertheless, … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas juggles political need with founding principles

Hamas has recently changed its ideological and political views. Founded with strong religious ideological roots, it has recently been obliged to filter its attitudes to match political changes. Naji Shurrab, a professor at Al-Azhar University in Gaza says “Hamas is looking for international and regional legitimacy. It knows that the gate to this legitimacy is its political attitudes and so … Continue reading

Analysis: Unity Deal Brings Risks for Abbas and Israel

The final reconciliation deal that was signed on Monday between the Palestinian Authority of Mahmoud Abbas and the Islamist movement Hamas brings risks for the peace talks between Israel and Palestine, and for the relations that the Palestinian authority has with other foreign countries. The two leaders said that they would announce a full unity … Continue reading

Analysis: After Doha deal, challenges remain to Hamas- Fatah unity

Though the Doha declaration is an important step in the process of national reconciliation within Palestinian society, much remains to be achieved and many challenges are still ahead. “What happened in Doha is an expression of good intentions and is a good step, but the reconciliation file is thick and will not be resolved quickly,” an analyst … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas on the move, seeks Palestinian ascendancy

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 … Continue reading

Analysis: Khaled Mashaal’s Next Career Move

Mohammed Najib analyses the possibility by Khaled Mishaal, chief of Hamas’ political bureau, to quit his position. His move would come at a moment where Hamas, in the light of the Arab spring and consequent shifts in power, reviews its strategy and even ideology. Mashal has recently been pushing for a more moderate stance in … Continue reading

Analysis: Hamas chief’s visit to Jordan marks culmination of Arab Spring aftermath

Taylor Luck writes that the visit of Hamas chief Khaled Mishaal to Jordan is a “diplomatic and strategic necessity” for the Jordanian authorities, according to observers. Analysts see Hamas’ visit to Jordan as a direct result of a year of uprisings in the Arab world. With the strong popular support for Islamist movements in Arab … Continue reading

King Abdullah of Jordan receives Hamas chief in presence of Qatar crown prince

On Sunday, Hamas leader Khaled Mishaal had a meeting in Amman, Jordan, with King Abdullah II of Jordan and Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim Ben Hamad Al Thani. King Abdullah stressed Jordan’s continuing support for the establishment of a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders with East-Jerusalem as its capital. This aim can only be achieved through negotiations … Continue reading

Hamas Leader Abandons Longtime Base in Damascus

After weeks of rumors, Khaled Mashal, leader of Hamas, has effectively left Syria after being based there for years. “The situation there does not allow the leadership to be present,” an official from the Islamist movement said referring to the current violence that left thousands death in Syria. “There are no more Hamas leaders in Damascus.” … Continue reading

Hamas officials urge Mashaal against retirement

Hamas leader met on Thursday with the leaders of the movement’s military wing,  the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades. The Chief of the Brigades Ahmed Jabari and his deputy Marwan Issa reportedly urged Mashal not to step down as Hamas’ political leader. Mashal recently announced his retirement from the position, giving way to rumors as to potential successors. But … Continue reading

Hamas chief won’t visit Gaza soon: official

Despite recent reports, a Hamas official said on Tuesday that the leader of the Islamist mouvement, Khaled Mashal, will not visit the Gaza Strip in the near future. “I do not think the visit will be soon,” Khalil Al-Hayya said. “Mashaal intends to visit Gaza, but the visit is subjected to necessary security and political arrangements.” … Continue reading

Meshal will not seek reelection; analysts say reason is growing gap between Gaza-based Hamas and exiled leaders

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 … Continue reading

‘Haniyeh to run for Hamas Political Bureau chair’

Ismail Haniyeh, Prime Minister of Hamas, expressed his desire to run to become chairman of the group’s political bureau. The bureau is the highest authority within Hamas and the most important decision-making body. Khaled Mashal, current chairman, announced his decision to resign. Observers and analysts judge that this decision come at a time of growing … Continue reading

Report: Hamas’ Mashaal will not seek reelection

Khaled Mashaal, leader of Hamas, will not run for reelection as leader of the Islamist group, source told Ma’an News Agency on Monday. The deputy head of Hamas’ politburo,  Moussa Abu Marzouk, is widely expected to replace him. The rule within Hamas provides a two year limit for the political bureau chief. Mashaal has been Hamas’ politburo … Continue reading

Fatah: Hamas should overcome its leadership problem

Fatah: Hamas should overcome its leadership problem

Political detainees ‘to be freed in one week’

The reconciliation committee has agreed to release all political detainees in Gaza and the West Bank on January 15th, along with the free circulation of newspapers in both territories. Other issues that have been agreed upon is the issuance of passports to Gaza residents, allowing all citizens eligible for a passport to receive one. Ma’an … Continue reading

Hamas leaders are mediating between Arab League and Damascus

The head of the Arab League praised Hamas leader Khalid Meshaal for his role in trying to broker peace in Syria following meeting at the league’s headquarters in Cairo. Al Ahram, Egypt Click here for the full story

Report: Assad to meet Hamas leadership

Syrian President Bashar Assad is expected to meet with Damascus-based representatives of the Palestinian factions in the coming days, including the heads of Hamas. Assad’s relationship with Hamas leadership has been rocky since March 2011, when Syria plunged into civil unrest. Ynetnews, Israel Click here for the full story

Hamas forces ordered to cease attacks on Israeli targets, Palestinian sources say

Hamas leader Khaled Meshal has instructed the group’s military wing to cease attacks on Israeli targets, senior sources in Fatah say. According to the sources, Meshal ordered a de facto cease-fire with Israel not only in the Gaza Strip, but also in the West Bank. Hamas had already refrained from launching rockets from Gaza. Haaretz, … Continue reading

Analysis: Will Hamas splinter as external leaders seek a new home?

December 21 was a big day in Palestinian politics, as the terrorist group Hamas reportedly agreed to join the Palestine Liberation Organization. If Hamas seals the deal, it is widely expected that it will renounce violence just as the PLO did. But it may not be that simple. Hamas cadres are not of one mind on key issues such as the use … Continue reading


Debate: Is there a rift between the Prime Minster and the security establishment, and how might it affect his chances of re-election?

Interview: Dr. Einat Wilf, Israeli MP, Chair of the ‘Independence’ faction

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