Turkey Hamas Ties

February 5, 2012 - 8:35 AM
FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, and the Gaza Strip's Hamas premier Ismail Haniyeh salute lawmakers and supporters of Erdogan's Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Ties between Turkey, NATO's biggest Muslim member, and Hamas, the Islamic militant group that says Israel should not exist, are blossoming. Last month, the Hamas premier visited the Turkish prime minister at his Istanbul home. Today, Turkish and Palestinian flags fly side by side at a building site in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. (AP Photo/File)