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Report: Hamas cooperating with Muslim Brothers

London-based al-Hayat quotes Cairo source as saying Palestinian organization, Egyptian opposition movement holding talks in bid to organize worldwide protests against Gaza blockade

Terror organization seeks new allies in Egypt: Hamas and the radical Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood movement have been holding talks in a bid to organize protests against the Gaza Strip blockade outside Egyptian embassies in European and Arab countries, the London-based Arabic-language al-Hayat newspaper reported on Monday.


The paper quoted an Egyptian source as saying the talks were aimed at pressuring Egypt into using its influence in order "to break the siege off the Gaza Strip".


The source slammed Hamas, saying "the masks have been removed, particularly of the face of Hamas, which claims to be operating in the name of Islam and its supporters. The Muslim Brotherhood movement has been exposed trying to jump on the Palestinian Authority issue without any consideration for the Palestinians people's interests."


He explained that the alliance between the two organizations was meant "to recruit supporters in several capitals worldwide, out of the assumption that this would influence and change Egypt's stance towards the Palestinian issue, and to conceal Hamas' role in attempts to sabotage the inter-Palestinian dialogue from the global public."


Meanwhile, the high tensions between Hamas and the authorities in Cairo continue. The London-based Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi reported recently that Egypt had warned Hamas leaders that Israel would assassinate them if they continue to stick to their firm stances in terms of the release of kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.


Hamas leaders were enraged by the warning, as they viewed it as an Egyptian attempt to relax the movement's stance.


פרסום ראשון: 12.08.08, 15:30
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