dglobalnews.com Ismail Haniya elected new head of Hamas
Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Ismail Haniya elected new head of Hamas

Ismail Haniya elected new head of Hamas

The moves come with 82-year-old Palestinian president Abbas losing popularity and a behind-the-scenes succession battle taking shape. "The PA has made a decision to stop financing the Hamas "coup" in Gaza and we will reiterate the demand that Israel stop deducting funds from our revenues in favor of Hamas and its coup".

Al-Qassam fighters also captured an Israeli soldier in 2006 and swapped him in 2011 for more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners.

Islamic Jihad's deputy leader, Ziad al-Nakhala, said he considered the new Hamas platform as a progress towards a "deadlock", adding that his movement does not accept a "Palestinian State within the 1967 borders because such a concession damages our aims".

Israeli authorities, however, shared video footage online on May 7 purporting to show Barghouti secretly eat in his cell.

In the decade since, Hamas has fired thousands of rockets at civilian centers in Israel, survived three wars against the Israeli army, and, Israeli officials say, continuously built up its military force.

Majdalani said that at the end of last month the Authority had officially requested Israel to stop deducting the cost of Gaza's electricity consumption from the PA revenues it collects, but Israel chose to ignore the request. Those still shots were taken with a hidden camera through a hole in the wall of his cell.

But Al-Ahmed also said Hamas must give up its control of Gaza, something Haniyeh has refused to do.

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The Shura council is Hamas's main consultative body, primarily responsible for decision-making.

Haniyeh's rise was the latest sign of a power shift in the Islamic militant Hamas from the diaspora to Gaza, which has been under Hamas rule since a 2007 takeover.

Haniyeh lives in Gaza, unlike Meshaal, who is based in Qatar.

The 54-year-old with a salt-and-pepper beard takes charge as it seeks to ease its global isolation while not marginalising hardliners within the movement.

In a document issued last week Hamas said it was dropping its longstanding call for Israel's destruction, but said it still rejected the Jewish state's right to exist and continued to back "armed struggle" against it. The group published a new policy document this week regarded as an attempt to soften its image.

On Saturday, Hamas confirmed it had elected Ismail Haniyeh, a former Gaza prime minister, to replace Qatar-based Khaled Mashaal as head of the group's political bureau, the top job. Israel and Egypt imposed a border blockade on Gaza after the Hamas takeover, keeping the territory's borders sealed most of the time.

Political leaders are able to leave the territory on certain occasions, but only with Egypt's blessing.

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