Unity Deal Could Allow Hamas Leader to Become PA President

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A cunning plan to pave the way for senior Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal to win the Palestinian Authority presidency to replace the aging Mahmoud Abbas may have been the true aim behind Hamas’ willingness to sign a reconciliation deal with Fatah, according to senior Palestinian and Egyptian intelligence officials, Yisroel Hayom reports.

Mashaal, who headed the Hamas political bureau for almost two decades, has made no effort to disguise his ambition to clinch the PA presidency. He is said to back reforms to the Hamas charter to allow the organization to join the Palestine Liberation Organization – a move that would allow a Hamas candidate to compete in elections for the presidency.
“Mashaal saw an opportunity to realize his ambition of inheriting the Palestinian presidential seat because of the rift in the Fatah leadership after Marwan Barghouti’s imprisonment in Israel, and the fact that polls conducted by Palestinian bodies show a dramatic drop in the support for Barghouti as Abbas’ successor,” a senior Egyptian official told Yisroel Hayom.
{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}

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