Turkish FM: Hamas head Meshaal welcome in Turkey


Turkey’s top diplomat on Wednesday said that Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal was free to come to Turkey, following conflicting reports earlier this week that Meshaal was forced out of Qatar, where he has lived for several years. The reports, first published Monday, indicated that the Hamas leader, along with several members of the Muslim Brotherhood, was expelled from Doha and had discussed with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu the possibility of relocating to Turkey. The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday conveyed an Arab-language report to the effect that “Qatar has asked Mashaal and Hamas to refrain from conducting any public political activities in the country” as Doha “does not want to be seen as if it continues to support the Muslim Brotherhood,” of which Hamas is an offshoot. FOX News Channel’s James Rosen on Thursday pressed State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki on whether the terror group’s relations with Turkey could potentially place Ankara on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terror. Associated Press diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee pressed further, noting that Turkey “welcoming the leader of a group that [the U.S. has] designated a foreign terrorist organization would certainly seem to be supporting it.” Psaki’s answer was limited to reaffirming Hamas’s position as a designated terrorist organization and noting that Foggy Bottom had expressed concerns over Ankara’s relationship with Hamas. Psaki had last month said that those concerns had also been conveyed to top Turkish officials following a trip that Meshaal had taken to Turkey. A bipartisan group of lawmakers had in mid-December urged the Treasury Department take additional measures to sanction both Qatar and Turkey if they continued to provide financial and material support to Hamas. Turkey has come under heavy criticism in recent months for harboring Hamas leaders as those leaders actively plot terror attacks in the Jewish state.


Call it the little company that could. Israeli startup ZUtA Labs, which used a Kickstarter campaign to raise initial seed money, won Best of Innovation in the Computer Accessories category for its PocketPrinter.

The Jerusalem startup was up against industry giants like Philips, Dell, Pioneer Electronics, Samsung and Qualcomm but won over the judges with its amazing innovative mini mobile printer.

The $200 robotic printer slides over the paper on which you want to print, making paper trays and paper feeders a thing of the past. It can print on any size of paper.

Israel’s first official delegation to the Consumer Electronics Show includes ZUtA Labs, HumanEyes Technologies, Idomoo, KIDOZ, Lexifone, MUV interactive, Sensibo, Silentium, StoreDot, Umoove, VocalZoom Systems and WonderVoice Technologies.

The 2015 International CES is a four-day consumer technologies event hosting 3,600 exhibitors from across the globe.(via Israel 21c)

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