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Hamas is worried and silent about Saudi Arabia’s policy towards it

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15.05.2019

The relationship between Hamas and Saudi Arabia is not the best at the moment and is experiencing estrangement that has lasted for several years. Perhaps the main reason for this estrangement is not Palestinian, but due to the regional polarisation occurring between the various components of the region, specifically between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the former’s desire to rally as many friends or allies to confront what it considers the Iranian threat.

Hamas does not appear to be joining regional axes for or against Saudi Arabia, given the fact that its declared policy is refraining from intervening in the internal affairs of other countries. The movement has already suffered from paying the price for being associated with one axes over the other and perhaps the manifestations of the Arab revolutions in recent years is the best example of this.

The latest manifestation of the unstable situation between Hamas and Saudi Arabia was the series of media, political and security behaviours and measures that all confirmed we were facing successive developments leading to the further decline of relations between the two, at least on Saudi Arabia’s part. Meanwhile, Hamas remained silent and restrained, which is what it typically does with the various countries in the region that target the movement, to restore relations in the future.

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On 10 May, Saudi Arabia’s Makkah newspaper published a list of 40 Muslim figures around the world, which they classified as terrorists influenced by the idea of the Muslim Brotherhood. This list included Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, founder of Hamas, former Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, current leader Ismail Haniyeh, along with Hamas figures Mohammad Deif, and Yahya Sinwar.

Senior Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh (L) and Yahya Al-Sinwar [File photo]

Senior Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh (L) and Yahya Al-Sinwar [File photo]

As soon as the report, attributed to an unknown research centre, was published, angry Palestinian, Arab and Muslim reactions surfaced, especially on social media. The newspaper’s name even became a hashtag on social media, which forced it to remove the report two days after it was published. It is difficult to imagine that a newspaper close to the decision-making circles in Riyadh would publish such a dangerous report without permission or that it would turn a blind eye to it.

During the recent Israeli offensive on Gaza early this month, Saudi activists and bloggers wrote tweets in solidarity with Israel, attacking Hamas. They accused Hamas of working for Iran and Turkey and called........

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