Turkish President heard at the meeting about Hamas' actions in the fight for sovereignty • The head of the Turkish intelligence organization was present at the meeting - something that should light red lights in Israel
Erdogan and Haniyeh at a meeting in Turkey, in 2012
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Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas political bureau, met yesterday (Saturday) with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting between the two took place a few days after Haniyeh landed in Istanbul from the Qatari capital, Doha, and after a telephone conversation that Erdogan had with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. This may indicate the priorities when it comes to the Palestinian leadership in terms of Ankara.
The date of the meeting is not coincidental: only about a week ago, the British "Telegraph" reported that senior Hamas figures had found a warm roof in Turkey, and that they also enjoy exorbitant privileges. They received Turkish citizenship that includes a number of IDs, and seven more of them also received ID cards and passports, with the rest in the process of obtaining citizenship. The Telegraph noted that some even took Turkish names, which may make it difficult to try to track down their terrorist activities. At the same time, the meeting should not be cut off from warming on the Gaza border.
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The meeting was attended by Erdogan's associates, such as the head of communications of Turkish President Fahartin Elton and Erdogan's spokesman Ibrahim Kalin. However, the presence of the head of the Turkish intelligence organization (MIT), Hakan Fidan, should light red lights in Jerusalem. During the meeting, Erdogan and his men heard about Hamas' actions as part of their struggle against the sovereignty program, and Haniyeh also addressed the issue of Palestinian unity. It is not inconceivable that as part of his neo-Ottoman policy, Erdogan wants to lead to a unity agreement between the Fatah movement and Hamas - with the aim of raising its profile in front of the Palestinian street.
Haniyeh also updated Erdogan regarding Israel's activities to "Judaize Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque." It is no coincidence that Erdogan is using Tika, the capital-rich Turkish government aid agency, to invest in East Jerusalem. "I appreciate Turkey's role in supporting the Palestinian people," Haniyeh told Erdogan. "We cherish your positions and your stand for the defense of Palestine and the Palestinian people."
The Hamas delegation also included Haniyeh Salah al-Aruri's deputy, Hamas leader Abroad Salah, Hamas' chief of relations with Arab and Islamic states, Azzat al-Rishak, and a senior member of the organization, Jihad Ya'amur. Ahadtin in the Oscudar district of Istanbul, and does not appear to be the last meeting between Erdogan and Palestinian officials.