International travel is tough. Either you’re worried about the coronavirus or you’re a terrorist boss and discover that no one except Qatar wants you anymore.
That’s what happened to Hamas’ Ismail Haniyeh.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has decided to remain outside the Gaza Strip for a lengthy period of time, Hamas officials told the London-based Saudi newspaper Asharq al-Awsat.
Decided? That’s like a drunk deciding to get kicked out of a bar.
Haniyeh, who left the Gaza Strip in December 2019, could remain away until the end of this year, the officials said. “The decision is related to internal arrangements in Hamas and complications connected to travel to and from the Gaza Strip,” an official was quoted as saying.
The complication being that nobody who controls travel into Gaza, that is, Israel and Egypt, want to let him back in.
The officials denied that Egypt has banned Haniyeh from returning to the Gaza Strip and said the Hamas leader has decided not to return home at this stage.
Maybe he can built a new Palestinian state in Qatar. Ditto for the Taliban. That should be the Deal of the Century.
Haniyeh has decided to settle in Qatar at this phase, and it is not known whether his family will join him, the officials said.
And his “people”.
Haniyeh visited Iran to attend the funeral of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani, who was assassinated by the US in Iraq last month. Unconfirmed reports said Egypt has decided to punish Haniyeh by preventing him from returning to the Gaza Strip through the Rafah border crossing.
And then Egypt even put him on its Do Not Tunnel list.
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