Is Turkey Purchasing Hamas from Iran? – Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations)
Hamas Leader Abandons Longtime Base in Damascus – Fares Akram (New York Times)
Khaled Meshal, the leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, has effectively abandoned his longtime base in Syria and has no plans to return, Hamas sources in Gaza said Friday.
”The situation there does not allow the leadership to be present,” a Hamas official in Gaza said. ”There are no more Hamas leaders in Damascus.
Peres Blasts Turkey for Funding Terrorist Hamas – Yori Yalon, Shlomo Cesana and Daniel Siryoti
At the 2009 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan verbally assaulted Israeli President Shimon Peres, calling him hard of hearing and accusing him of killing Palestinians before storming off the stage. This year, however, President Peres was on the offensive against Turkey, accusing Ankara of funding terrorist activity in Gaza.
”Turkey has transferred resources to fund the infrastructure of Hamas, an organization controlled by Iran that has won astronomical donations – nearly $900 million a year. $300 million comes from Iran, $200 million from Qatar and hundreds of millions from Turkey. The Turkish support has strengthened terrorist networks in the region,” Peres said.
Asked about Iran, Peres said: ”Iran today is the most corrupt country on Earth, they hang people without trial, they send out arms and money to terrorist organizations. I would tell the Iranian people, save your own country, it is in your hands.” (Israel Hayom)