Saudi Arabia New Patrons of HAMAS; as Hamas Turned its Back on Iran
Head of Hamas Khaled Meshaal is anticipated to visit Riyadh to strengthen ties between Palestinian Group and Riyadh, said a high-ranking Hamas official Ismail al-Ashkar.
Khaled Meshaal had previously been to Riyadh for the same in July this year.
"All the current circumstances encourage sustaining bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and the Hamas movement for the best interest of the Palestinian people," al-Ashkar announced.
The anticipated meeting between the Hamas delegation and Saudi officials is supposed to tackle several Palestinian issues including the long-drawn-out inter-Palestinian reconciliation and the suffocating Israeli siege on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip.
This seems astounding as Iran and Saudi Arabia stands arch rivals fighting for the supremacy of the region. Hamas, a Sunni Palestinian Group, stands as a close ally of Tehran but blamed Saudi Arabia’s negligence for their doing. They allege to have been seeking assistance from the Arabs in the past which went in vain, resulting in a handshake with Iran.
Iran has had arduous relationship with Hamas over the year with terms dictations against their support.
On the other hand, this shift has been termed by many political observers as a strategic mistake.
Since the controversy with Syrian President Bashar Al Asad, Hamas political leaders, including Meshaal, warmed up to Qatar and decamped to Doha in 2012. It is since then that Hamas took a stance and sided with the resistance against the government. By doing that, it turned its back to one Iran, which made them quite unhappy.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other Arab states have in the past been rallying opposition against Assad by supporting resistant groups. Hamas wished Assad's removal and followed suit.
With Meshaal set to return to Riyadh to woo the Saudis after shaking hands with King Salman, and the distance between Hamas and Tehran growing longer, many observers are wondering whether the move will see a new era in the region of prosperity or a drastic mistake on their part.
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