Senior Hamas Officials Blast Israel-Turkey Normalization Deal

The Jerusalem Post reports: Shortly after Turkey and Israel forged a reconciliation deal, six years after the Mavi Marmara incident, senior Hamas officials revealed on Monday their opposition to the deal, claiming that the Palestinian terror organization was not a party to its consolidation.

Hamas’s foreign relations Chief Osama Hamdan brushed off a remark written by a prominent Turkish reporter on Twitter, according to which Hamas gave its blessing for the Israeli-Turkish deal. The accord ends a diplomatic rift between Ankara and Jerusalem that began six years ago after a number of activists were killed in an Israeli raid of the Turkish Mavi Marmara flotilla attempting to breach Gaza’s naval blockade.

The Turkish journalist, Hamze Tekin, wrote that Hamas authorized the deal after Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan relayed the details of the agreement to Hamas’s chief Khaled Meshaal.

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