The former head of Saudi intelligence reveals the behind-the-scenes of the “not good” relations with Hamas

Dubai United Arab Emirates (CNN)-Activists on social media circulated statements by LFormer Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Turki Al-Faisal About the relationship between the Kingdom and the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” and the scenes of bad relations, which sparked interaction.

This came in an interview conducted by Turki Al-Faisal with the British “New Statesman”, where he was asked a question that read: “You read in some newspapers and hear from some people that perhaps Saudi Arabia will agree to… The war (the Israeli war against Hamas) because it wants to see Hamas destroyed..” The prince replied, saying: “Of course we did not have good relations with Hamas, especially after some of the positions they took when we tried to mediate between them and the Palestinian Authority in 2006. Hamas violated the agreement. Since that date, our relations with Hamas have become decisively tense.”

Turki Al-Faisal continued, saying: “Of course, this does not mean that they do not come to the Kingdom to perform the Hajj, and some talks have taken place, but not to the extent of the relationship between them.” Egypt or Qatar with enthusiasm. I would like to say that we are not friends with Hamas. But this does not mean that we want to see the destruction of the Palestinians in Gaza in order to eliminate Hamas, as some are trying to indicate or claim.

He added: “All our statements confirm the necessity of ending the war and creating… A clear path towards a Palestinian state And reconstruction…”

It is noteworthy that the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) was founded in 1987 at the beginning of the first Palestinian Intifada as an extension of the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas has a military wing known as the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades that has carried out numerous attacks against Israel in both Israel and the Palestinian territories since the 1990s. These attacks included large-scale bombings against Israeli civilian targets, small arms attacks, roadside bombings, and rocket attacks..

On October 8, 1997, the US State Department designated Hamas as a foreign terrorist organization under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended. Subsequently, on October 31, 2001, the US State Department specifically designated Hamas as a global terrorist entity under Executive Order 13224, as amended..

As a result of this designation, all Hamas property and interest under US jurisdiction were blocked, and Americans were generally prohibited from conducting any transactions with Hamas. In addition, intentionally knowingly supporting, or attempting to provide, or conspiring to provide, material support or material capabilities to Hamas is included in the crime.

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