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Khaled Mashaal

Leader of Hamas

Khaled Mashal became the leader of Hamas after the Israeli assassinations of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, and Abdel Aziz Al-Rantisi in 2004. Mashal is the head of Hamas’s political bureau and is the international representative for the Palestinian resistance to the Israeli occupation. He was re-elected in April 2013.


Fighter for Social Justice: Since becoming head of Hamas, Mashal has seen the organization through multiple attempts at a roadmap to peace and a major Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip.


Pioneering Leader: Mashal has been recognized for his persistence with Hamas’s effort. His determination is combined with a unique effort at diplomacy. Mashal has shown a willingness to negotiate with Israel to return to the 1967 borders and grant Palestinians a right of return, while importantly implying the necessary existence of the State of Israel, despite Hamas’s historic denial of that possibility. Mashal has been one of the most direct, and candid leaders in dialogue and confrontation with Israel and this has garnered international recognition.

Changing Times: The fall of Morsi saw Hamas lose their biggest supporter, and the new rulers of Egypt have shown that opening and sealing the Gaza–Rafah border is very much in their control. The conflict in Syria first signalled an end to Hamas offices in Damascus, and then strained relations with Hezbollah and Iran. Hamas’ new offices in Qatar along with support from Turkey show who their strongest backers are. A unity government agreement with the PNA, and a willingness to join the International Criminal Court will allow Mashal to build on the international support that he currently has.

Why Did Iran Postpone Meshaal Visit? - Al-Monitor
2013-10-28 22:59:19

Why Did Iran Postpone Meshaal Visit? AuthorAdnan Abu Amer Posted October 28, 2013. News that the head of Hamas' political bureau, Khaled Meshaal, may visit Iran has dominated the behind-the-scenes Palestinian political discourse. Decision-makers in ...

Hamas leader Mashaal to visit Iran - Israel Hayom
2013-10-14 11:07:08

After two-year rift that stemmed from situation in Syria, Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Mashaal will arrive in Tehran on Monday for an official visit during which he will discuss with his Iranian hosts ways to strengthen Gaza-Tehran ties. Daniel ...and more »

Iran slashed Hamas funding, senior official admits - The Times of Israel
2013-10-16 13:39:56

Palestinian Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal, left, speaks, as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, listens during the International Conference on National and Islamic Unification of Palestine Future in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010 (photo credit: ...and more »

Iran said to postpone Hamas chief's visit - The Times of Israel
2013-10-24 08:04:04

Iran has postponed the planned visit of Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal to an unknown date, a London-based Arab daily reported on Thursday. Quoting an unnamed source in Hamas, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported that the visit was not canceled but ...

King attends graduation ceremony at Royal Military College - Petra News Agency
2013-11-11 14:17:00

Mashaal Al Zabin, and the college's commander Brigadier General Khaled Al Sharaa as he arrived for the ceremony, which included a parade by the graduating officers. In remarks during the ceremony, Mufti of the Armed Forces Yahia Btoush highlighted the ...

Blocked in Gaza, Hamas Focusing On Launching Violence from West Bank -
2013-10-23 18:20:45

Head of Hamas's political bureau Khaled Mashaal said that the West Bank is getting prepared for another round of confrontation against the Israeli occupation and the harbingers of a new intifada are looming… “The oppressors, the enemies and the rivals ...

Ex-Mossad spy's fiction fascination - Jerusalem Post
2013-10-23 04:56:16

He agreed to avoid the authorial limelight as he embarked on a career of surveillance and subterfuge, including a role in Israel's botched assassination of Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Jordan in 1997. He says he stepped down after 12 years to spend ...and more »

Allies, Adversaries and the Right to Self-Defense - Gatestone Institute
2013-11-05 10:02:19

It turns out, however, that the rulers of Tehran are men of long memories, and recently notified Hamas's Khaled Mashaal that his visit will be postponed. Critics of those who defend the free world against its adversaries accuse the U.S. government and ...

Hamas's 'Liberation of Palestine' Plan - Jerusalem Post
2013-10-30 21:27:40

It is in this context that Hamas Politburo chief Khaled Mashaal's depiction of the underground structure as a “strategic tunnel” acquires its true import. In fact, recent preparations undertaken by Hezbollah in Lebanon should be taken into account ...and more »

For democracy to prosper, Arab societies have to shun tribalism - The National
2013-10-31 20:49:06

When Khaled Mashaal, Hamas's political bureau chief, recently put in a request to visit Tehran, its one-time supporter, the reply was terse and clear: Iran is too busy because of the Syrian crisis and is hard at work reconstructing international ties ...

Birth: 1 January 1956 (Age: 60)

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Influence: Leader of approximately 1,000 members in military wing of Hamas

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