Israeli media is reporting that Hamas spokesman are reacting to the Obama presidential victory by seeking change in his Mideast positions. According to a Times of Israel report:
Sami Abu-Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, called on the newly reelected US president to reassess his ‘biased’ position in favor of Israel. Hamas government spokesman Taher Nunu appealed to Obama to adopt ‘a moral policy, devoid of double standards’ towards regional issues.”
The Hamas charter states that it is ” is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and an early media report indicated that shortly after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives were present to review Hamas military formations . In 2007, a Hamas journalist acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and in 2008, an Israeli TV station reported that Muslim Brotherhood “representatives” had traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the open border to meet with Hamas. Hamas is supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood and a NEFA Foundation report has documented the Hamas fund-raising activities of the Union of Good, a coalition of Islamic charities linked to the Brotherhood that provides financial support to both the Hamas “social” infrastructure, as well as its terrorist activities. Previous posts have also discussed the worldwide campaign orchestrated by the global Brotherhood against Israeli actions in Gaza during the 2008-2009 conflict with Israel.