Mahmoud Az-Zahar, one of the most senior figures associated with the Hamas government in Gaza, has been ousted from the terror organization's politburo, according to a Friday report by the Ma'ariv daily. The move was lead by Egypt, which hosted the election process.
The dismissal is evidence of Egypt's large influence on the internal workings of Hamas. Az-Zahar is considered a repesentative of the extreme wing of the organization, opposed to the recently-broken Egyptian-brokered calm with Israel following last year's Pillar of Defense operation by the Israel Defense Forces against Gaza terrorists. He is also believed to lead opposition to reconciliation with Fatah, which Egypt is also trying to advance.