Islamist Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip on Friday rejected a revised Middle East peace initiative put forward by the Arab League, saying outsiders could not decide the fate of the Palestinians.
A new poll shows growing support for the Islamist Hamas movement in both the West Bank and Gaza. If the elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
The attack this week along the Israel-Egypt border poses dilemmas both for Israel and for the new Egyptian president.
Gaza Islamist leader Ismail Haniyeh met Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday in an official visit that signaled a big shift in Cairo's stance toward the Hamas movement after the election of a Muslim Brotherhood head of state in Egypt.
The head of Hamas in Gaza said Egypt's new president would shield Gaza from attacks by Israel and would lift the blockade.
The Islamist movement Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel if it attacks the nuclear facilities of Hamas ally Iran, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was elected the head of the group's political bureau, its most powerful institution in Gaza, in secret balloting.
Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in Iran that armed resistance is the only way to fight against Israel. The "gun is our only response to the Zionist regime," Haniyeh said Monday in Tehran, according to the semi-official Iranian Fars news agency.
Hamas's Gaza-based leadership challenged on Wednesday a Palestinian reconciliation deal signed by the Islamist group's political chief in exile and President Mahmoud Abbas of the rival Fatah movement.
Ismail Haniyeh, the prime minister of the Hamas-led government in the Gaza Strip, will visit Iran.
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