Created on Tuesday, 06 January 2015 10:29
Written by Ari Yashar - Arutz Sheva
As Qatar continues its shift away from the Muslim Brotherhood
and its Gaza-offshoot Hamas in favor of stronger ties with Egypt, Hamas politburo chief Khaled Mashaa
l was expelled from the country on Tuesday along with Muslim Brotherhood members.
Mashaal and the Muslim Brotherhood members are likely on their way to Turkey according to the report, which appeared in a Hamas-run news agency and was cited by CNN.
For its part Turkey, also a leading sponsor of Hamas like Qatar, said it would welcome
the seven leaders.
Qatar has likewise in the past threatened Mashaal with expulsion; last August during Operation Protective Edge, a senior member of the Palestinian Authority (PA) said Hamas chose to breach one of the many ceasefires with Israel due to a Qatari threat to expel Mashaal
The source reported that Qatar had pushed Hamas to demand it play an active role in Cairo truce talks, a proposal which Egypt refused, stipulating that Qatar apologize for its policies as the leading sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar specifically stated it would force Mashaal to leave if Hamas agreed to the Egyptian truce proposal in its structure at the time.
Likewise last month it was reported that Qatar had informed Hamas it would temporarily cut its funding for the terror group to cultivate ties with Egypt, reports that Hamas denied
Cutting funding would be part of active steps Qatar has been taking to solidify improved relations with Egypt
, after years of tension due to Qatar's support of Muslim Brotherhood.
As part of those steps of rapprochement, Qatari-owned Al-Jazeera news network last month shut down its Egypt channel, easing a source of tension as Egypt has accused the news source of being a mouthpiece for the Muslim Brotherhood.