Egypt tells Syria to kick out Hamas
Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak has told Bashar Al-Assad to expel Hamas leader Khalid Mish'aal from Damascus. He says Mish'aal is leading the Palestinians to disaster.
It comes as Egypt tries to negotiate with the Israeli regime to end the attacks on Gaza. The expulsion is thought to be one of the conditions agreed between Egypt and Israel.
Mish'aal has praised the capture of an Israeli soldier, which the Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah has distanced himself from. It comes amid talk of a split within the Hamas leadership between the Gaza-based politicians in power taking a more pragmatic position and the exiles sticking with their hardline stances.
It exactly mirrors a similar split in the PLO during Oslo when the Arafat wing were brought back into the Occupied Territories and installed in power, while 'rejectionists' were left in exile condemning the agreement.
Hafez Al-Assad stood by those hardliners during the 1990s at a time when he was being far more pragmatic than Bashar is today. It is clear where Bashar is going to stand.