The Chairman of Hamas’ (Harakat Al-Mouqawama Al-Islamiyya) Political Bureau, Khaled Mesha’al, has made the decision to leave the Qatari capital of Doha after spending almost 3 years inside the country. A Hamas Spokesman emphasized that Mesha’al’s decision was not due to any political pressure from the Qatari regime, but rather, a change of venue.
The Qatari regime will continue its influence on Hamas’ political affairs, despite the move to the Turkish capital of ‘Ankara. The move will be Hamas’ 2nd move since their departure in 2012 from the Syrian capital of Damascus after their 11 year stay – Mesha’al chose to leave to Doha following the advent of violence in the Syrian Conflict.
Israeli officials attempted to negotiate Khaled Mesha’al’s extradition from Qatar to the Israeli capital of Jerusalem; however, the Qatari regime refused this offer. Contrary to the Israeli story, an Hamas Spokesman stated that no such negotiations ever took place – he reiterated that Qatar and Hamas are still on good terms.