Daily Israel Report

Hamas Gaza Leader to Travel Abroad

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh will make his first trip outside the Gaza terror enclave since coming to power their in 2007.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 12/20/2011, 1:12 AM

Ismail Haniyeh
Ismail Haniyeh
Flash 90

Ismail Haniyeh will be making his first trip outside Hamas-run Gaza since the terrorist movement seized the enclave from the Palestinian Authority in a bloody putsch in June 2007.

Haniyeh's advisor Yusef Rizka told the Associated Press that Haniyeh will travel to Turkey, Bahrain, Qatar and Tunisia in the near future.

Tunisia's new government saw major gains by Islamic parties in its first post-Arab Spring elections.

Rizka said the four nations all invited Haniyeh to visit in a show of solidarity with the terror organization, which continues to call for the murder of Jews and destruction of Israel.

Haniyeh has not left Gaza since the Hamas takeover due to fighting with Israel, tensions with the Palestinian Authority, and chilly relations with Egypt's caretaker junta.

Egypt's military leaders have been publicly friendly to Hamas in the wake of President Hosni Mubrak's ouster in February, but analysts note that tensions remain due to the group's harboring terrorists active in Sinai.

Haniyeh's announced trip comes as Islamic parties – including Hamas' parent organization the Muslim Brotherhood – claim they have won by a landslide in the country's ongoing parliamentary elections.

Hamas, which continues to make bloody attacks on Israelis has also reinsured its call to kidnap IDF personnel on Monday. 

It has also allowed allied terror groups to launch thousands of rockets and mortar shells Israel's southern communities during its rule of Gaza.