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Erdogan meets Hamas leader as Turkey-Israel relations warm

By Rudaw 20/12/2015
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal, left. AP file photo.
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Hamas leader Khaled Mashal, left. AP file photo.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - As Turkey and Israel move towards normalizing diplomatic ties, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Khaled Meshaal, the leader of the Palestinian Hamas movement.

Their meeting lasted an hour, and Reuters quoted a source from the Turkish president’s office as saying that Meshaal “briefed Erdogan on the latest developments in the region.”

There were no other details about the discussion, such as whether they discussed the potential Israel-Turkey rapprochement.

Israel has long been wary of Turkey's hosting of the group and wants Hamas' activities in Turkey to be curbed.
Among other high-ranking Hamas members, Turkey hosts Saleh al-Arouri, a prominent Hamas leader and the founding commander of the group’s military wing.
From Turkey he boasted, in August 2014, that Hamas was responsible for the murder of Israeli teenagers in the West Bank. Israel believes him to have a hand in recent violence and terrorist attacks against Israelis in the West Bank.

Regarding an imminent Turkey-Israel diplomatic rapprochement, the Jerusalem Post quoted Mahmoud Zahar of the Hamas leadership as saying that, “The picture remains unclear.” He added that his group will announce its position on the matter once its leaders “see an official Turkish announcement.”

Ahmed Yusuf, another senior Hamas official, said he is fairly certain that any full restoration of Turkish-Israeli relations will not affect the friendly relationship Hamas has with Turkey,

“Policies among countries are based on interests,” he reasoned, “The normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel will not change Ankara’s position towards Hamas.”

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bebegun | 20/12/2015
The sultan wants to ride two horses at once, not going to happen. He's desperate right now because all of his neighbor's have had enough of his jihadi proxies, they've all turned against Turkey so he reaches out to Israel which he will drop at first opportunity, when things calm down that is. Israel is making a big mistake by trusting him.
TURKEY = ISIS | 20/12/2015
For Erdogan anything is good as long as he can destroy Kurds, Erdogan killed Kurds to win an unfair elections, for them the blood of Kurds means nothing, 100 years of suffering is enough
T.I. | 20/12/2015
Erdogan invited Meshaal to tell him not to worry about Saleh al-Aruori (Hamas military head) being kicked out of Turkey because it's just temporary
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 20/12/2015
Russia changed the whole situations,Turkey is confused ,they do not know what to do . they should not have messed up with a force like Russia, they are too powerful to be treated that way. what an idiot Erdogan is.
James Parker
James Parker | 20/12/2015
It's a trap I hope Israel doesn't fall for. Erdogan is asking for large concessions that will help Hamas in return for restoring ties, and it will just ditch the ties the moment the next election comes around.

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