Daily Israel Report

Hamas Asks Turkey to Stop 'Israeli Aggression'

Khaled Mashaal calls Turkish FM, asks for pressure against Israel same morning Hamas terrorists pepper Israel with rockets.
By Ari Yashar
First Publish: 6/30/2014, 1:17 PM

Turkey's Erdogan and Khaled Mashaal (file)
Turkey's Erdogan and Khaled Mashaal (file)
Reuters

Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday, asking him for to act against Israel.

Mashaal complained to Davutoglu about the IDF Operation Brother's Keeper, which has cracked down on the Hamas terrorism infrastructure in Judea and Samaria while searching for the three Israeli teens that were abducted by Hamas terrorists on June 12.

The Hamas leader told Davutoglu that Israel is conducting "arrests, aggression and threats" in the operation, reports Walla!.

In the phone call, Mashaal requested that Davutoglu work with the international community to stop the "Israeli aggression," and to lift the siege on Gaza, which has in fact been conducted by Egypt; Israel has partially closed its crossings with Gaza to prevent the Hamas terrorists who abducted the teens from absconding to Gaza with them.

The phone call comes the same Monday that the IDF reports Hamas terrorists fired 15 rockets at Israel over the course of the night and morning, the first time Hamas has been identified as firing rockets since the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense.

While there has been a steady stream of rocket fire even since the Operation Pillar of Defense "ceasefire" that was brokered by Egypt, the Gaza-based Islamic Jihad terror group and terrorist factions other than Hamas have largely claimed the attacks.

Mashaal's phone call to Davutoglu comes after the Hamas leader, who is currently in Qatar, sent a letter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last Thursday, calling on him to join the "struggle" against Israel.

The Hamas leader called on Iran to aid the struggle of the "Palestinian nation" against Israel so as "to end the aggression." Turkey in 2012 surpassed Iran as the leading sponsor of the terrorist group Hamas.

Speaking about the abduction, Mashaal said last Monday "blessed be the kidnappers, since it is a Palestinian obligation to release prisoners and make the occupation pay the price of the Palestinian suffering."