Gaza-based resistance group Hamas will hold elections on Saturday to elect a new political bureau chief to replace Khaled Meshaal, according to a Hamas source.
Haniyeh's election comes shortly after Hamas unveiled a new, allegedly more pragmatic political program aimed at ending the group's global isolation. The goal of "destroying Israel" has also been removed from the agenda, however, the task is called "liberation" of historic Palestine, which includes modern Israel.
The strike is being led by Marwan Barghouti, a member of Fatah - a rival political faction to Hamas.
Some analysts say it seems Abbas is seeking to increase financial pressure on Hamas in the impoverished Gaza Strip, but he risks being blamed for worsening conditions in the enclave of two million people.
The Palestinian militant group Hamas has announced that Ismail Haniya has been chosen as its new overall leader.
Leila Seurat, a researcher at the Paris-based Centre for International Studies and Research, said the election of a Gaza-based leader signaled a shift for the movement. After chasing out Abbas' forces in 2007, it fought three cross-border wars with Israel, starting in 2008.
Meshal stepped down at the end of his term limit just as Hamas softened its stance toward Israel in a new policy document last week.
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Haniya, Yassin and two other leaders all survived an Israeli assassination attempt in 2003, when Israeli war jets struck a building in Gaza city in which Yassin and other Hamas leaders were holding a secret meeting. The New York Times - as mentioned by Netanyahu - ran an article with a headline that read, "In Palestinian Power Struggle, Hamas Moderates Talk On Israel".
He was first named Palestinian prime minister in 2006, after Hamas defeated the Fatah movement in elections.
The worldwide community widely recognizes the area defined by the 1967 borders as the site of a future Palestinian state, sitting alongside Israel in a so-called two-state solution.
Netanyahu finished the video by picking up a copy of the Hamas document.
Ismail Haniya was born in Gaza in 1962 to parents who fled when Israel was created in 1948.
According to the Protocol on Economic Relations, a.k.a. the Paris Protocol, signed by Israel and the PLO in April 1994, Israel collects and transfers to the Palestinian Authority the import taxes on goods that were shipped there, and the income taxes collected from PA residents employed in Israel and the Israeli settlements. Haniyeh's administration resigned in 2014, as part of a deal with Fatah to set up a transitional government for both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.