Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar said that the Gulf states boycotting Qatar should remove the Zionist Jews from their institutions before talking about removing the Muslim Brotherhood from Qatar. "How did Hamas turn into a terror organization?" he asked rhetorically. "It is all because Trump came to the region, and they thought that Trump, that Great Satan, could achieve their goals for them." He was speaking on Russia Today TV on July 4.
Interviewer: We are in the throes of the Gulf crisis and the boycott of Qatar, and one of the most important conditions [set by the boycotting countries] is the expulsion of the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood [from Qatar]. First of all, I would like to ask: Is the Hamas leadership really no longer in Qatar?
Mahmoud Al-Zahhar: First of all, I would have hoped that the [boycotting countries] would have removed the Zionist Jews from their institutions, before talking about removing the Muslim Brotherhood from Qatar. Who is in Qatar? Is Khaled Mash'al a terrorist? Is Musa Abu Marzuq a terrorist? Are these people terrorists?
You are now in a period of complete political chaos. Nobody can explain this situation. What did Hamas do to [Saudi FM] Jubair in Saudi Arabia that would [explain] his inciting against us? He only did it in order to show Trump that he is against the Muslim Brotherhood. Even if Hamas constituted the core of the Muslim Brotherhood, it is engaged in a confrontation with the Israeli occupation, and has gone through four wars - in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2014... If Hamas really is a terror organization, why did Saudi Arabia broker an agreement between Hamas and the PA in 2007? How did Hamas turn into a terror organization? It is all because Trump came to the region, and they thought that Trump, that Great Satan, could achieve their goals for them.