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Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's Brother-in-Law Gets Medical Care in Israel

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's brother-in-law recently received a special permit from the Israeli government to travel to the Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel, to receive heart surgery.

Four months ago the husband of Suhila Abd el-Salam Ahmed Haniyeh suffered a serious cardiac problem, which could not be treated in Gaza.

An ambulance went to the Erez crossing, picked the man up and took him to the Petah Tikvah hospital where he stayed for a week until his condition was stable again.

An unidentified Israeli government source told “A person from the inner circle of the Hamas leadership did receive treatment at Beilinson Hospital. Although there are no diplomatic relations between Israel and Hamas, there are many occasions when requests for help based on purely medical decisions taken in Gaza are granted by Israel for humanitarian reasons.”

Ronen Bergman, an expert on Israeli intelligence affairs, told "Hamas is well aware that Israel will give high quality treatment to Palestinians without taking into consideration their organizational membership. Furthermore, this case could be interpreted as a signal to Hamas ... that the channels of negotiation that brought about the release last year of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit ... might potentially be used to develop better relations between the two sides.”

The Palestinian Authority pays for all medical treatment of Palestinians in Israeli hospitals. The Palestinian Authority receives about $600 million in aid from the U.S. every year.


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