Report: Growing Animosity between Hamas Leaders in Gaza

(Israel Hayom) Daniel Siryoti - Gaza sources report growing animosity between Hamas leaders Yahya Sinwar and Ismail Haniyeh to the point where the two no longer speak to each other, Israel Hayom learned Wednesday. Haniyeh's camp includes top political officials, while Sinwar's camp hails from the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades. A senior Hamas official said the rift has undermined Egyptian-led efforts to strike an agreement between Hamas and Israel that would allow for the economic rehabilitation of Gaza. Sinwar "is perceived as much more hawkish than Haniyeh...but the truth is he is far more pragmatic than Haniyeh," the official said. The rivalry has escalated recently, with cells loyal to the opposing camps firing warning shots at officials' homes and planting explosives under their cars.

2018-11-23 00:00:00

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