Jordan's MB debates ties with Hamas
|Monday, February 22,2010 19:21|
The Muslim Brotherhood Shura Council has attempted to bridge the divide among members over links with Hamas.
In a meeting on Thursday, members of the movement’s so-called “dovish camp” insisted the body dissolve relations with Hamas at the Shura Council level. Opposing figures from the “hawk camp” defended ties with Hamas as a “fundamental part of the group’s foundation,” according to a source who attended the meeting
The dispute over ties with Hamas has pushed the movement to the brink of crisis in recent years, with four senior Islamists resigning late last year in objection to ongoing relations with the Palestinian group.
Sources, revealed that the movement is studying an initiative proposed by a top Islamist figure involving an executive streamlining of the Muslim Brotherhood’s permanent offices in a bid to settle the split.
Under the proposal, the movement’s offices in the Palestinian territories would no longer be able to vote in the Shura council or other influential bodies in Jordan, as a prelude to permanently severing ties with Hamas.
In a statement, Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood leaders announced that another meeting on the issue will be held in the near future.
The IAF (Islamic Action Front) Shura Council was scheduled to hold a meeting late Saturday to discuss developments related to upcoming elections and its general assembly, slated for March.