Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Congratulates New Hamas Chief, Vows Continued Support for Palestinian ‘Resistance’
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday congratulated Ismail Haniyeh on his recent election as the new head of the Gaza Strip-ruling Hamas terrorist organization.
In his message, Zarif expressed hope that Haniyeh — the successor of Khaled Mashaal — would “foil threats and the conspiracies of the Zionist enemy and its overt and covert allies who target the unity of the Islamic world sowing discord and sedition to destroy the Palestinian cause,” the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) reported.
Zarif also, ISNA said, emphasized the Tehran regime’s “continuous support for the Palestinian people’s resistance.”
When Iranian officials use the word “resistance,” they are generally referring to violent terrorist tactics.
As reported by The Algemeiner last year, Iran has been making serious attempts to restore its relationship with Hamas. Shiite Iran was once a main backer — both financially and militarily — of Sunni Hamas, but ties soured following the 2011 outbreak of the war in Syria, when they found themselves on opposite sides of the conflict and Hamas was subsequently forced to abandon its Damascus command post.
Since then, Mashaal was based in Doha. It is unknown whether the 54-year-old Haniyeh, who now lives in Gaza, will move to the Qatari capital.