September 23, 2013 Last month Iranian diplomats who spoke to Al-Monitor floated rumors that Hamas was seeking to reestablish close ties with Tehran, after a period that saw the Palestinian terror group drift toward Sunni extremist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood’s decline in Egypt had, according to both those diplomats and independent analysts, sent Hamas into a downward spiral and forced the organization to return to Iran’s camp.
According to Arabic media sources, it’s safe to consider those rumors confirmed:
Senior members of Hezbollah and Hamas announced on Monday in the Lebanese press that they’ve formed a stronger pact with Iran’s government to watch out for one another’s interests in the Middle East. The announcement came as officials with Hamas and Hezbollah — included on the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Terrorist Organization list — said they wrapped a couple of weeks of meetings with Iranian authorities to discuss recent developments in the region, Ynet News reported. Following those discussions, the newspaper As-Safir said, the officials agreed to fortify an ‘axis of resistance.’
Hamas’s return to the Iranian fold has been rewarded by Tehran, and financial backing has resumed.
Hamas has also been looking to bolster its alliances in other ways. Reports emerged last week that the group was seeking to create a joint command center Palestinian Islamic Jihad, another Palestinian terror group that regularly receives materials from Iran.
Over the weekend a mortar fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip slammed into Israel. No injuries or damage were reported.”
Last week, the GMBDW reported that Hamas leader political leader Khaled Mashaal (aka Kahled Meshaal) had paid what was described as a “surprise visit” to Ankara in order to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Hamas charter says that it is “one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine” and soon after Hamas took over the Gaza strip, Muslim Brotherhood representatives traveled to Gaza from Egypt through the newly-opened border to review Hamas military formations. A Hamas journalist has acknowledged the role that the “international Muslim Brotherhood” has played in providing funds for the purchase of weapons and Hamas is known to be supported financially and politically by the global Muslim Brotherhood. A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman revealed that a coalition of London-based Muslim groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, were behind the mass demonstrations staged to protest Israeli actions in the 2008 Gaza war and the Global Muslim Brotherhood and its Turkish affiliates were also intimately involved, along with the Turkish government, in the June 2010 Gaza flotilla that was involved in a violent altercation with Israeli naval forces.