Flow of Saudi Cash to Hamas Is Under Scrutiny by U.S.
Nearly a year ago, Khalid Mishaal, a senior leader of Hamas, the militant Palestinian organization, attended a charitable fund-raising conference here where he talked at length with Crown Prince Abdullah, the de facto Saudi ruler. According to a summary of the meeting written by a Hamas official, Mr. Mishaal and other Hamas representatives thanked their Saudi hosts for continuing “to send aid to the people through the civilian and popular channels, despite all the American pressures exerted on them.” “This is indeed a brave posture deserving appreciation,” the Hamas officials said, the document said. Today Mr. Mishaal, who was recently added to the United States Treasury Department list of what it calls terrorist financiers, controls a wing of Hamas that advocates violent confrontation with Israel, including suicide bombings. Full Story