Hamas leader Sinwar narrowly escapes capture. The hunt continues

The leader of Hamas, Yahya al Sinwar, considered the mastermind of the October 7th attacks against Israel, narrowly escaped the hunt that the Jewish army has been giving him for weeks more than once. This was revealed by Channel 13 TV, according to which the military arrived at several places in Gaza where Sinwar was until shortly before his entry. According to the broadcaster, the 61-year-old Hamas leader never stays in any shelter for long. Sinwar apparently left the northern Strip at the start of the war and is now in Khan Yunis, the southern Hamas stronghold where the Israeli operation is now concentrated.

Meanwhile, Hamas and Al Fatah, Palestinian factions at war with each other, begin to talk to each other again. According to the Wall Street Journal, the number one of the Palestinian terrorist organization Ismail Haniyeh and the historic leader Khaled Meshal met with one of the leaders of Al Fatah, Hussein Al Sheikh, in the capital of Qatar, Doha. On the table is the possibility of establishing an alliance within the PLO, the Palestine Liberation Organization. According to what was announced by one of the leaders of Hamas, Husam Badran, the meeting was also attended by former Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Mohammed Dahlan, a historical Fatah figure with important links to the Gulf countries and Egypt. The presence of Dahlan, the architect of several failed reconciliation attempts between Hamas and Fatah in the past, is particularly important. “I am not a friend of Hamas – said Dahlan – but the only one who can sit down to bring peace between the two movements”. Dahlan’s attempts could clash with the intransigence of the Hamas wing involved in the fighting in the Gaza Strip.

Sinwar, number one on Israel’s most wanted list, Hamas leader and commander on the ground, is against reconciliation. The main element of contention is the recognition of the State of Israel: an option contested by Sinwar, but about which the political leadership of the movement in exile has shown some openness. “We don’t fight for the sake of fighting, we fight because we want an end to the war,” said Badran, a representative of Hamas’ soft line. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly said in recent weeks that the PLO cannot take control of Gaza due to an agreement in place between PLO Chairman Abu Mazen and Hamas.

Source: IL Tempo