Hamas and Hezbollah Meet in Beirut

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Israeli media is reporting that Hamas and Hezbollah leaders have met in Beirut Lebanon to discuss issues such as the Islamic State (ISIS) as well as the situation in the Palestinian territories. According to the Jerusalem Post report:

November 22, 2015 Hamas and Hezbollah officials discussed the latest developments in the Palestinian and Lebanese arenas in Beirut on Sunday, as well as ways of coordinating their moves against Islamic State.

Naim Qassem, deputy secretary-general of Hezbollah, received the Hamas delegation, headed by Musa Abu Marzouk, the deputy head of Hamas, and Osama Hamdan, who is in charge of external affairs in the Islamist movement.

The meeting also was also attended by the Hamas envoy to Lebanon, Ali Barakeh, and Hassan Haballah, who is in charge of the Palestinian ‘portfolio’ in Hezbollah.

The two sides discussed ways of coordinating their moves against Islamic State, sources close to Hezbollah said, as well as the situation in the Palestinian territories and called for support of the current ‘intifada’ against Israel.

The Hezbollah officials thanked the Hamas leaders for their condolences over the recent terrorist attacks in a suburb of Beirut in which more than 40 people were killed in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

According to the sources, the Hamas and Hezbollah officials warned that the Beirut attacks were designed to ‘divert attention from the main issue, which is the Palestinian cause, and serve the interests of the Zionist enemy.’

The GMBDW reported in August that according to unidentified sources, Iran was deeply angered at a visit by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal’s to Saudi Arabia. We reported earlier that month that according to a Hamas official, Iranian aid to Hamas has “drastically decreased.” As we noted at that time given the long history of ups and downs in the Iranian/Hamas relationships we continue to monitor the relevant developments between Hamas and Iran, notably the sponsor of Hezbollah.

 

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