The representative of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas abroad Osama Hamdan in an interview with «party» newspaper «Ar-Risala» confirmed that one of the leaders of the movement, Salah al-Arouri for a few months does not live in Turkey, where he moved several years ago from Syria.
While Hamdan said that the departure of al-Aruri from Turkey had nothing to do with pressure on the leadership of this country by the US or Israel.
Hamdan stressed that Hamas «at the highest level» maintains relations with Ankara, Recalling the recent meetings with Khalid Mashal to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
On the eve of the Arab press reported that Mashaal this week once again spoke with Erdogan and discussed with him the possible consequences of the resolution of the conflict between Ankara and Jerusalem. It is known that Mashaal was asked Erdogan to refrain from any sanctions against Hamas, despite the demands of the Americans and the Israelis.
That al-Arouri left Turkey for several months, travelling between Lebanon and Qatar, earlier this week reported appearing in a London newspaper «al-Quds al-Arabi». From the message it was not clear whether it is forced or voluntary exile, al-Aruri from Turkey. It is unclear whether the banned al-Aruri to return to Turkey. But it was argued that Ankara is putting pressure on Hamas, being «under pressure» the White house.
Reduce contacts of Ankara with Hamas and the expulsion of al-Aruri, according to Israeli media, are among the conditions of normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel. Jerusalem also insists on the lifting of any claims against the officers and soldiers of the IDF. The Turkish leadership, in turn, requires the payment of compensation to the families of those killed and injured during clashes with the Israeli military in may 2010 aboard the Mavi Marmara, which tried to break the naval blockade of the Gaza strip. According to media reports, Israel agreed to create a special Fund for the payment of such compensation totaling $ 20 million, provided that Ankara will prevent in the future the activities of terrorist and extremist organizations. If Ankara would agree to lay the pipeline through Turkish territory, Jerusalem prepare to start negotiations on the sale of Israeli gas to Turkey. Amid the deterioration of relations with Russia, the Turkish authorities are extremely interested in normalizing relations with Israel and the supply of Israeli gas.
Six months ago the Israeli newspaper ha’aretz wrote that the Turkish authorities demanded from the leadership of Hamas «reduction» of terrorist activities against Israel after receiving appropriate instructions from Washington. In this regard, reference was made to the inadmissibility of activities, led by al-Arouri from Istanbul.
In the publication it was noted that al-Arouri is not subject to the leadership of Hamas in Gaza, but carry out the instructions of the head of the political Bureau of Hamas Khalid Mashal in Qatar. In recent years, he does not stop trying to recover the military infrastructure of Hamas cells in the West Bank (Judea and Samaria). Subject to some of the activists of Hamas released from Israeli prisons as part of the «Shalit deal», and expelled to Turkey.
We will remind that else in November of last year, the Israeli authorities appealed to the leadership of the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) with a request to take measures against Ankara, has granted asylum to the leaders of Hamas and responsible for the creation on its territory of the headquarters of the terrorist organization. Senior sources in Jerusalem then said that Hamas had created in Istanbul the headquarters of not only political, but also military wing of his organization. According to these sources, the main headquarters of Hamas has effectively moved from Damascus to Istanbul, although the Chairman of the political Bureau of Hamas Khalid Mashaal resides mainly in Doha.
In October 2014 the defense Minister of Israel Moshe ya’alon during a meeting in Washington with his U.S. counterpart Chuck Hagel has accused Ankara in a «cynical and dirty game». He said then that Hamas has two sources of support for Qatar and Turkey. «Turkey, being a NATO member, involved in organizing terrorist attacks against Israel, and tried to make a coup in Ramallah, to dismiss Mahmoud Abbas,» said ya’alon.
Turkey joined NATO on 18 February 1952 (three years after the establishment of the Alliance). Note that in the NATO Charter of 1949 on the suppression of terrorism States (this theme at that time was not relevant).
Salah al-Arouri. Summary
Salah al-Arouri was born August 19, 1966 in the village of Aroura (in the Ramallah and Shemom). He was an active participant in the first intifada that began in 1987, joined the ranks of the «Islamic resistance movement» (Hamas). Considered the founder of the branch of «Brigades Izaddin al-kasama», the military wing of Hamas in the West Bank.
In 1990 he was arrested, was released in March of 2007, but after a few months (22 June 2007) was again arrested and placed under administrative detention. Specific charges al-Aruri was not presented.
March 17, 2010 was released with the condition that three years is going abroad. Al-Aruri, not having received permission to travel to Jordan, went to Syria, where he soon moved his wife and children. After the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, Salah al-Aruri moved to Turkey.
Actively participated in the preparation of the «Shalit deal», was the first representative of Hamas, who agreed to comment on the terms of that deal to the Israeli media (al-Aruri is fluent in Hebrew). In December 2012 he was part of the delegation of the political Bureau of Hamas, visited Gaza.
The name Salah al-Aruri was reiterated in the Israeli media in June 2014. He was named as one of organizers of abduction of three Israelis: a 16-year-old Gilad Saara, 16 year old Naftali Frenkel and 19-year-old he ifrah. In August, al-Arouri actually admitted that the kidnapping and murder of Israeli settlers was planned by leaders of Hamas, however, later stated that the political leadership about the plans of the militants was not known.