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Hamas Leader to Step Down

Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (Photo: wikicommons/Trango)

Today we told you about the blow to Hamas that a top official's defection to Israel has caused. The Times of Israel's Dov Lieber reports that is not the only news regarding the Gaza-based terror group - its chief is also stepping down:

Hamas’s political chief, Khaled Mashaal, will not try to retain his office in the upcoming elections for the leadership of the terror group, which rules Gaza, Arab media reported on Tuesday.

The London-based Arabic newspaper Rai Alyoum reported Tuesday that Mashaal will not run in the next elections, scheduled to take place by the end of the year. Unlike the last elections in 2013, when the Hamas leader claimed he would retire but then ran in the elections, this time the decision is final, the report said...

In 2013, Mashaal ran unopposed and was reelected by a majority in the movement’s decision-making Shura Council, which is believed to have about 60 members.

Still, he has slowly been losing power within the terror group, as a rift between Hamas’s military wing and political leaders continues to deepen.

Mashaal, a supporter of violent campaigns against the Jewish state, has suggested he could accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel, but has not said if such a state would end the conflict or only be an interim step to an Islamic state in all of historic Palestine, including what is now Israel...

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