Hamas elects new leader on Saturday


Over the years, Hamas has carried out shootings, suicide bombings and rocket attacks against Israel. Meshal now lives in Doha, the capital of Qatar. Haniyeh's administration resigned in 2014, as part of a deal with Fatah to set up a transitional government for both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

His election, which was widely expected, does not appear to indicate dramatic change. This image, in contrast with that of other Hamas leaders (such as Dr. Mahmoud a-Zahar), captivated the residents of the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Nakhala said the new Hamas policy formally accepting the idea of a state in the territories occupied by Israel in 1967 would "lead to deadlock and can only produce half-solutions".

Ismail Haniya was named on Saturday as the new chief of Islamic Hamas movement after he won in the recent internal elections, a spokesman for the movement in Gaza announced, China " s Xinhua news agency reported.

Hamas has frequently highlighted his modest background as a counterpoint to officials within president Mahmud Abbas's Palestinian Authority who have been accused of being corrupt and too easily compliant with Israel or the United States.

In the clip Netanyahu called the policy paper a "hateful document", and claimed that Hamas was lying to the world.

Hamas' support comes despite the fact that the strike is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a former leader of Fatah, a rival political faction in the Palestinian Liberation Organization.

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In February, the group chose militant commander Yehiya Sinwar, one of its most hard-line figures, as its new Gaza chief in charge of the group's core power base.

Israel accused Hamas of attempting to dupe the global community, citing its daily "call for genocide of all Jews and the destruction of Israel".

Last year, Avigdor Lieberman, a hard-line Israeli politician, issued a blunt ultimatum to Haniya.

"Hamas is an institution - it is not a one-man show", he said.

Lieberman became defense minister a month later. The election ended 40 years of political domination by the Fatah party.

They added that on top of using aid money to fund military causes against Israel, Murtaja was also seeking "information that would improve the accuracy of Hamas rockets being launched at Israel". After chasing out Abbas' forces in 2007, it fought three cross-border wars with Israel, starting in 2008. Hamas' senior officials are again trying to foster the impression in the worldwide community that time is working in the Palestinians' favor, and that alliance with Israel will not pay off in the long run.

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