איסמאעיל הנייה וארדואן בטורקיה
Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting with Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul
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Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting with Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul

Erdogan hosts top Hamas officials in Ankara

Senior members of terror group tell Turkish president that Hamas is working against what it calls the 'Judaization of Jerusalem'; meeting comes days before U.S. secretary of state due to visit Israel and UAE in wake of normalization deal

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Published: 08.23.20 , 13:44
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with a senior Hamas delegation Saturday, days before U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Israel and the UAE this week.
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  • According to media reports, Hamas briefed Erdogan on the "Palestinian cause" while complaining about Israel's plan to annex parts of the West Bank, which has been put on ice as part of the normalization agreement with the UAE.
    איסמאעיל הנייה וארדואן בטורקיהאיסמאעיל הנייה וארדואן בטורקיה
    Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting with Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh in Istanbul
    (Photo: Archive)
    The delegation reportedly included Hamas military wing founder Saleh al-Arouri, who is wanted by the U.S. government; the head of Hamas' foreign branch Maher Salah; and the group's representative in Turkey, Jihad Yaghmor.
    Hamas told Erdogan that the group was working against what it called the "Judaization of Jerusalem'” by Israel.
    Turkey, Iran and Hamas have all expressed opposition to the Israel-UAE announced earlier this month.
    נשיא טורקיה רג'פ טאיפ ארדואןנשיא טורקיה רג'פ טאיפ ארדואן
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
    (Photo: AP)
    Hamas praised Erdogan for holding the meeting, reports said.
    Ankara not only provides material backing to Hamas, but it has also granted citizenship to some of its members.
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