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  Last Update:  27 December 2011 16:06  GMT                                      Volume. 11330

Hamas alliance with Muslim Brotherhood threatens Israeli entity : Haniyeh
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Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (L) and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (R) attend a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, December 26, 2011.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie (L) and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh (R) attend a press conference in Cairo, Egypt, December 26, 2011.
Democratically elected Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has visited the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt on his first trip outside the blockaded territory since 2007, when his party Hamas came to power.

“The Brotherhood center has always embraced issues of liberation, foremost the Palestinian issue,” Mohammed Badie, brotherhood leader, said on Monday after meeting the Palestinian PM, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA.

Haniyeh discussed Middle East politics with the leader of Muslim Brotherhood, which has emerged as the biggest winner in the first parliamentary elections in post-revolution Egypt.

He said his visit to the Brotherhood centre in Cairo would confuse and frighten Israel.

“Our alliance with the Brotherhood threatens the Israeli entity,” Haniyeh said according to MENA.

The Hamas leader said he decided to embark on the trip after being encouraged by recent political changes that have taken place in Arab countries.

His aide said he will meet leaders in Egypt, Sudan, Tunisia, Qatar, Bahrain and Turkey and discuss rebuilding the Gaza Strip, which suffered damage during a month-long Israeli offensive in 2008-09.

Renounce violence

Egypt mediated a prisoner swap deal between Hamas and Israel that was completed last week and it is currently overseeing the implementation of a reconciliation deal between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah.

Meanwhile, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has said he would refuse to hold peace talks with the Palestinian Authority if it included Hamas representatives, according to Israeli public radio.

Khaled Meshaal, the Hamas leader, last week met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Cairo to discuss the reorganization of Palestinian decision-making bodies to include Hamas.

Mark Regev, Netanyahu’s spokesman, when asked to confirm the comments, said the Israeli PM had been speaking to the country’s ambassadors behind closed doors.
 

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