The Times of Israel reported Tuesday that the mother-in-law of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was admitted for treatment in an Israeli hospital.
Maj. Guy Inbar, an Israeli spokesman, said the 68-year-old woman was allowed to enter from the Gaza Strip on Monday to receive cancer treatment at a Jerusalem hospital.
A relative in Gaza confirmed she was in Israel, with Israel Radio reporting she was being treated at the Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem, by the Mount of Olives.
The Times of Israel also notes generally that “Gaza residents — even those with ties to Hamas — are authorized to cross the border on a humanitarian basis.”
Hamas is committed to the destruction of Israel.
Haniyeh resigned as Palestinian prime minister on Monday as part of the process of forming the Fatah/Hamas unity government. However, according to Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Haniyeh may yet be in for a promotion.
Haniyeh could still be speaker of the PLC, positioning him to succeed Abbas for 60 days. PA would be heart attack away from Hamas control.
— Jonathan Schanzer (@JSchanzer) June 3, 2014
Last November, Haniyeh’s critically ill granddaughter was transferred to an Israeli hospital, but the hospital was unable to save her.
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