Israel Asks EU to Intervene to Stop Hamas Activities in Istanbul

Published August 27th, 2019 - 11:42 GMT
Palestinian Hamas militants (Shutterstock)
Palestinian Hamas militants (Shutterstock)
Highlights
“Turkey allows Hamas to operate from its territory and treats it as a legitimate organization,” the sources said.

Israel has asked the European Union to intervene with Turkey to stop the activities of the Hamas branch in Istanbul that runs the movement’s armed operations in the West Bank.

Israeli Foreign Ministry sources said they had contacted the European Union’s Foreign Service, demanding the closure of the Hamas office in Turkey, which is overseen by Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, which Israel holds responsible for operations inside the West Bank.

The sources noted that Turkey had asked Arouri to leave its territory, adding that he was currently residing in southern Lebanon and Qatar, but his office was still actively operating under his constant supervision.

The Foreign Ministry deemed Hamas’ planned activities in Turkey very dangerous. It has directly accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of turning a blind eye to the Palestinian movement’s actions and West Bank operations from Turkey.

“Turkey allows Hamas to operate from its territory and treats it as a legitimate organization,” the sources said.

Israel has complained about this issue to various European capitals, through its Foreign Ministry or through the highest political and military channels.

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It called on the Europeans to adopt a “stricter approach against the Turks and curb the activity of Hamas.”

The Foreign Ministry said that it was “working continuously and routinely against terrorist organizations in general, especially Hamas, Hezbollah and others.”

Ankara had through the 2016 reconciliation agreement committed to barring Hamas from plotting operations from its territory. Israeli intelligence charged, however, that this activity never stopped, leading them to conclude that Turkish authorities were not only turning a blind eye to the activity, but condoning it.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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