Report: Hezbollah, Hamas Leaders Meet to Discuss Growing Israeli-Arab Ties
JNS.org – Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah met on Sunday with a Hamas delegation to Lebanon led by the terror group’s politburo head Ismail Haniyeh to discuss Arab countries’ normalization of relations with Israel, Hezbollah’s Al-Manar website reported.
The two discussed recent developments in the region, as well as “the dangers to the Palestinian cause, especially the so-called deal of the century and normalization attempts by Arab regimes with the Zionist entity and the nation’s responsibility in this regard,” the statement said.
Haniyeh and Nasrallah emphasized the bond between Hezbollah and Hamas, which they said was based on “brotherhood, jihad, patience” and a shared destiny. The two leaders stressed the stability of the “Axis of Resistance” (a political alliance between Iran, Syria, and Hezbollah) in the face of “all forms of pressures and threats.”
Also on Sunday, Haniyeh visited the Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp in southern Lebanon, according to Al-Manar. During his visit, Haniyeh said the recent normalization agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel did not represent the true stance of the Arabs.
“Today’s meeting is in Beirut and Ain al-Hilweh, while tomorrow we will meet in Palestine and Al-Quds, God willing,” said Haniyeh, according to the report.
The Hamas leader stressed that the Palestinian “right of return” was “sacred,” and said that Hezbollah’s rockets “are the main retaliation to draw the map of Palestine on [the] battlefield.”
The Lebanese terror group’s rockets, said Haniyeh, could reach Tel Aviv and beyond.
“We came from Palestine to Ain al-Hilweh to say that Palestine is for us,” he told a packed audience at the Palestinian refugee camp.
Haniyeh met last week in Beirut with Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Secretary-General Ziad al-Nahala to discuss cooperation between the two terrorist groups.
The Hamas leader is in Beirut for a week-long visit to meet with other Palestinian factions over the warming relations between Israel and some Arab states, Al Jazeera reported.