Should Israel Be Wary of Stage Qatar Gives Haniyeh, As Confrontation With Hamas Enters Its 8th Day?

Qatar gave refuge to Hamas’ politburo chief a year ago, following Egypt’s decision not to let him back into the Gaza Strip after he attended the funeral of Qasem Suleimani, a top Iranian commander killed by a US strike in 2020. Doha has also pledged millions of dollars to the Islamic group, some of which were allegedly used for funding terror.

israel continues its Guardian of the Walls operation in the Gaza Strip, where at least 188 Palestinians have lost their lives and hundreds of others have been wounded.

The eight-day long confrontation has also devastated the infrastructure of Hamas, an Islamic group that controls the Strip, and dealt a severe blow to its leadership, targeting their assets and eliminating some of their major players.

Fighting from Afar

Meanwhile, the chief of Hamas’ politburo Ismail Haniyeh has leant his support to Gaza from afar.

The Hamas chief has attended a rally in support of the Palestinians in their struggle against Israel.  He is located these days in the capital of Qatar, where he found refuge following an Egyptian decision not to let him back into the Strip after he attended the funeral of Qasem Suleimani, a top Iranian commander killed by an American strike in January 2020. 

In a festival that was attended by some 10,000 people of different nationalities, Haniyeh vowed to liberate “the entire Palestine” from the Israeli presence and promised to fight until israel “lifted its hands” from Jerusalem and returned the Al Aqsa mosque, which…

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