What are the odds that Turkey is telling the truth here?
Turkish officials are denying media reports that Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh was promised $300 million during his visit to Turkey earlier this month.
“There is no cash aid to Hamas, but Turkey is, of course, engaged in projects to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza,” a Turkish foreign ministry official told the Turkish paper Today’s Zaman, “A $40 million hospital project is one of them, but the construction material for the hospital is not allowed in Gaza.”
On Friday, Reuters quoted a diplomat in Syria saying that there has been a void in aid from Iran to Hamas since August, and Haniyeh was believed to have “‘received promises from Turkey to provide the movement and his administration with $300 million a year to help Gaza.’”
In December, the International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) alleged that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to provide $300 million to Hamas in a confidential letter Haniyeh.
Don’t worry. Turkey can be taken at its word.
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