Those of us who have been shouting from the rooftops that Hamas is simply an arm of the Muslim Brotherhood continue to be proven correct. Here is another in a long line of examples that should motivate people in positions of power to admit the truth and confront it. Hamas’ man in Syria – Khaled Meshaal – appears to be leaving his post for greener pastures.
Hamas’ out-going politburo chairman is leaving the Palestinian terrorist group to take a “high position in the Muslim Brotherhood movement,” a “well-informed source in Hamas” told the Nazareth-based Arabic-language Al-Sinnara last week.
The move would see Khaled Meshaal—the longtime Damascus-based leader of Hamas—transition to a new, more international role, as head of the “Supreme Council of the [Brotherhood] movement.” The Council is said to be “responsible for political issues,” according to the report. It remains to be seen whether the article is referring to the group’s Guidance Bureau, which largely deals with the movement’s political affairs, or with another body altogether.
If true, the news would help explain why Meshaal has been so adamant about not seeking re-election. Earlier reports noted that the group made an official plea for Meshaal “to reconsider” his stance.
Who is on the short list for replacing Meshaal? Well, none other than Mousa Abu Marzook, the same guy whose manifesto appeared in the church newsletter of then Trinity United Church of Christ pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
It has been speculated that if Meshaal exits, the post could go to Hamas’ Gaza-based Prime Minister, Ismail Haniyeh, or Hamas’ original political bureau chief, Mousa Abu Marzook.
Hamas has been in a state of flux in recent months, and unrest in Syria could force the group to find a new home base for its political leadership.
Meshaal’s purported move appears to have the blessing of higher-ups in the Brotherhood. According to the Al-Sinnara source, longtime Brotherhood spiritual advisor, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, is in support of the leadership jump.
Qaradawi is the face of Muslim Brotherhood leadership.