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October 17, 2013 8:32 am

Official Admits: Iran Cut Hamas Funding

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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal (L) and PA President Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: Jewish Policy Center.

Times of Israel – Iran penalized Hamas for leaving its headquarters in Syria last year by slashing funding for the movement, a senior Hamas official said this week, adding that Hezbollah showed more understanding of Hamas’s position than Tehran did.

In a lengthy interview with Lebanese TV station Al-Mayadeen, Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy head of Hamas’s political bureau, spoke candidly of Hamas’s faltering relations with its Arab neighbors following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi in early July. He also addressed the chilly ties with Syria and its ally Iran following the Islamic movement’s decision to abandon its Damascus headquarters in January 2012.

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