The successor of Saleh Al-Arouri

The potential successor to Saleh al-Arouri in Hamas, according to estimates within the movement, is likely to be Zaher Al-Jabarin.

  Born in the village of Salfit in Samaria and released in the “Shalit deal” in 2011, Al-Jabarin has a history of involvement in terrorism and has served as the deputy to Al-Arouri.

He is also the financial manager of Hamas’s economic empire, controlling funds and managing ties with Iran.

Al-Jabarin, 55 years old, studied Islamic law at Al-Najah University in Nablus.

He joined Hamas in 1987, played a role in its military wing’s founding, and has been associated with various attacks, including the planning of kidnappings and murders of Israelis

. He was arrested in 1993, sentenced to life imprisonment plus 35 years, and released in the Shalit deal.

Known as the financial brain of Hamas, Al-Jabarin oversees the economic empire worth several hundred million dollars and facilitates the transfer of funds from Iran to the Gaza Strip, managing to do so despite sanctions on Iran.

The Wall Street Journal reported on January 4 that he operates an office in Istanbul and has holdings in Turkish companies.

The appointment of Al-Jabarin as the successor is seen as a significant promotion, given his close ties to President Erdogan in Turkey.

The Wall Street Journal report suggests his involvement in Turkish businesses.

This appointment might lead to increased tensions in the region, with potential revenge attacks from Judea and Samaria for the assassination of Saleh al-Arouri.

Consequently, Al-Jabarin has become a leading candidate on the list of potential targets for the Israeli Mossad.

Yoni Ben Menachem Senior Middle East Analyst

About Yoni Ben Menachem

Yoni Ben Menachem is a Middle East senior analyst ,a journalist and
the former CEO of the Israel Broadcasting Authority(IBA). He has
decades of experience in written and video journalism. Ben
Menachem’s path in the media world began as a producer for
Japanese television in the Middle East. After that, he held many key
positions in the media The Israeli: CEO of the Israel Broadcasting
Authority, director of “Kol Israel” Radio, reporter on West Bank and
Gaza Strip affairs, political reporter and commentator, commentator
on Middle East affairs and editor-in-chief and presenter of the
program “Middle East Magazine”. 

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