Monthly Archives: February 2014

Hamas uses backchannel to Tel Aviv

Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister of Hamas.

According to Hamas sources, the Islamist movement sent a message from the deputy foreign minister in the Hamas government Ghazi Hamad to Gershon Baskin — without explicitly asking Baskin to forward the message to Netanyahu’s office, and not for the first time. read more

Hamas denies secret message to Netanyahu

Ismail Haniyeh. Benjamin Netanyahu

It has been alleged that Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh relayed a secret message that was passed between Ghazi Hamad, undersecretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Gaza, and Gershon Baskin. Hamas officials “denied” that Haniyeh sent a secret message, but debate continues within the movement about a dialogue with Israel. read more

Hamas denies correspondence with Israel

Ghazi Hamad, deputy foreign minister of Hamas.

Gerson Baskin is well connected with officials at the Defense Ministry and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), and Hamas has used the “Baskin channel” a number of times in the past in order to forward information to the Israeli leadership. read more