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Hamas Deputy Leader Says Iran Ties Repaired

Steven Emerson, Executive Director
December 18, 2014

Hamas Deputy Leader Says Iran Ties Repaired

Dec 18, 2014 at 4:00 pm
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A top Hamas leader says the terrorist group patched up relations with Iran after a breach over Syria's civil war.
"I believe that bilateral relations between us and the Islamic Republic of Iran are back on track," Hamas deputy political leader Mousa abu Marzook told Reuters.
When the Syrian civil war began, Tehran's provided direct support for Bashar al-Assad's Alawite regime as it massacred civilians. Many individual Hamas members sided with Syria's Sunni rebels. Iran drastically cut its military and financial aid to Hamas, forcing the terrorist group to turn to Turkey and Qatar for support.
Turkey surpassed Iran as Hamas' top funder, Israeli intelligence said last year. Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, combined with Egypt's tightening of its border with the enclave, led Hamas to attempt to reset relations with Tehran.
Marzook met with Iranian leaders in July 2013 seeking to repair relations, and Hamas released a statement at the time saying at the time that "certain issues had led to some apathy in the relationship."
Now things have changed.
"There are many indications that … relations have been resumed in a proper way, as in the past," Marzook said.
He also told reporters that Hamas would abide by the Egyptian-brokered truce as long as Israel also did, but reports indicate that Hamas has been rebuilding its armed wing since the end of fighting in August.
Marzook claims that only $150 million of $2.7 billion pledged to rebuild Gaza has appeared. A spokesperson from Hamas' military wing, the Al-Qassam Brigades, warned of a "new explosion" with Israel unless reconstruction speeds up.
"The running out of our and our people's patience towards impeding the reconstruction would generate consequences for the Israeli public and its leadership, and we warn of the moment of explosion," a Hamas spokesperson identified as Abu Ubaida said.
Meanwhile, tension between Hamas and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority in the West Bank is increasing. In August, Israel announced that it broke up a Hamas plot to depose the PA and President Mahmoud Abbas. Earlier this month, Hamas dissolved a "unity government" formed with the PA last spring. This week, posters appeared in Gaza called Abbas a dictator and a traitor and showed an image of him hanging.
A rapprochement between Hamas and Iran can only exacerbate a deteriorating situation.
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EU Backs Palestinian Dictatorship

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EU Backs Palestinian Dictatorship

by Khaled Abu Toameh  •  December 18, 2014 at 5:00 am
These European parliaments are also turning a blind eye to the fact that, under the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, there is no respect for the rule of law, free speech, transparency or accountability.
These Western parliamentarians are in fact acting against the interests of the Palestinians, who are clearly not hoping for another corrupt dictatorship in the Arab world.
"The situation in Palestine does not conform at all with democracy or the rule of law... Wake up and see the loss of rights, law and security." — Freih Abu Medein, former Palestinian Authority Justice Minister.
"Abu Mazen [Mahmoud Abbas] wants to concentrate all authorities in his hands and the hand of his loyalists. He's acting in a dictatorial way and wants to be in control of everything, especially the finances." — Yasser Abed Rabbo, Secretary General of the PLO.
By turning a blind eye to human rights violations, as well as assaults on freedom of expression, the judiciary and the parliamentary system in the Palestinian territories, Western parliaments are paving the way for a creation of a rogue state called Palestine.
The Palestinian Legislative Council building in Ramallah. (Image source: Alaraby)
European parliaments that are rushing to recognize a Palestinian state are ignoring the fact that the Palestinians have been without a functioning parliament for the past seven years.
The Palestinian parliament, known as the Palestinian Legislative Council [PLC], has been paralyzed since 2007, when Hamas violently seized control over the Gaza Strip and expelled the Palestinian Authority [PA].
These European parliaments are also turning a blind eye to the fact that, under the PA in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, there is no respect for the rule of law, free speech, transparency or accountability.
This week, the European Parliament also adopted a resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood in principle. A total of 489 MEP's voted in favor, while 88 were against.

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