Hardliners Slam Hamas Over Ties with Qatar, Turkey

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Serat News, close to the  hardline Kayhan institute has published an article entitled “Mr. Meshaal, Mr. Haniyeh, where is Qatar? Where is Turkey?” The article offers a brief ‘history’ of the Arab-Israeli conflict and then goes on to call Iran’s Islamic Revolution of 1979 the “turning point in the transformations of Palestine” because “the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran created a renewed motivation in the Palestinian movements for combating the Zionist regime.”

“One of these groups was the Hamas movement, whose original objective and motivation in the formation of this group was the establishment of the goals of the Islamic Revolution in Palestine.”

However, “a review of the dualistic positions of the leaders of this group in recent months is devoid of kindness. One of these leaders is Khaled Meshaal, the head of the Hamas political bureau. He, who has enjoyed the unflinching support of the Islamic Republic in all areas, in relation to the Syria Crisis adopted a different and astonishing position. He supported regime change in Syria when he was the guest of the government of the Assad family for many years. When no country in the West supported this group, Bashar Assad in the capacity of steadfast patron backed him. Recently Meshaal, at the ceremony of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey, addressed Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the leader of the Islamic world and stated his support for the biggest enemy of Bashar al-Assad.”

“Recently we also witnessed the trip of the authorities of two sheikdoms, Qatar and Bahrain, to Gaza, greeted and accompanied by Ismail Haniyeh, the Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority. But this question must be asked of the leaders of Hamas and their political bureau whose recent relations with governments, namely Qatar and Turkey, who are counted as allies of the American and Zionist front, with what reasons and logic are [such relations] justifiable?”

“Did the leaders of these countries in the war of the past week cry out in support of Gaza?! Were they even ready for the publication of a short statement to condemn the crimes and brutality of the Zionist regime?! Can such countries be trusted and depended upon as a supporter?!”

“With the existence and taking heed of some of the unacceptable actions of the leaders of the Hamas movement, still the only supporter of this group is Islamic Iran and it is Iranian missiles that paraded through the Tel Aviv skies. It is hoped that the Palestinian leaders learn from the betrayals of countries which are apparent friends, but in fact enemies, and remain as in the past in the Islamic resistance front against usurping Israel.”

Tabnak, close to the presidential hopeful and Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezai, has published an article  addressing recent comments by the spokesman of the Majles National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, pertaining to the prospect of Tehran suspending 20% uranium enrichment; an issue which has generated a flurry of speculation in recent months.

“All the experts and analysts of international relations have admitted the impact of Iran and its nuclear program on the American election. Most experts believe that Obama in the new period of his presidency will have a more pragmatic engagement or reciprocity with Iran, and the upcoming meeting of Iran and the P5+1 can be an definitive test for America and its allies.”

Hosseini told Tabnak, “up to now we have not seen a change in the politics of America. Obama said in his electoral slogans that he would operationalize his politics regarding Iran. Statements about negotiations between Iran and America have been said [and] providing these statements are correct and taking heed of the circumstances of the country, perhaps new occurrences in the approaches and politics of both sides will take place.”

Regarding the choice of Tehran as the venue for negotiations and the effect of this on the negotiations, Hosseini said, “it is a positive approach that the Western counterparts have accepted that negotiations will be held in Tehran in the direction of solving the issue and the progress of the negotiations. The choice of Tehran for the location of negotiations has merits for us and the atmosphere of the negotiations can be under the influence of our hosting. Of course, if we can reap the benefits of this advantage, we can reach a good result. The same issue that establishes friendly conditions in the negotiations, can have a very good impact on the atmosphere.”

In reaction to Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi’s comments pertaining to Iran’s readiness to suspend 20% uranium enrichment, Hosseini said, “we had announced readiness for this also prior to this. This issue, in turn, is a positive approach from Iran and in addition to that can be a test for the West and the extent to which they are in pursuit of settling the problems.”

Hosseini finally added that, “of course in addition to the nuclear matter, other subjects such as banking and international sanctions on Iran will be put forward in these negotiations and dialogue will not be limited to the nuclear issue.”

The Tabnak article itself acknowledges that on Nov 21 the P5+1 spoke of the possibility of the Turkish capital Istanbul hosting negotiations, but did not make any mention of Tehran.

 Image: Khaled Meshaal and Reccip Tayyib Erdogan via Serat News