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Hezbollah, Hamas chiefs meet to discuss Israel-Arab ties

Mona Hassan Contributor at Israel Now
Published on September 08, 2020
Hezbollah, Hamas chiefs meet to discuss Israel-Arab ties
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Leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement and the Palestinian Hamas group met to discuss diplomatic normalization between Israel and Arab countries.

They stressed the “stability” of the “axis of resistance” against Israel, the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV reported, without saying where or when the meeting took place.

Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iran-backed Shi’ite terror group, was pictured meeting Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.

They discussed “political and military developments in Palestine, Lebanon and the region” and “the dangers to the Palestinian cause” including “Arab plans for normalization” with Israel, Al-Manar said.

The meeting comes after an announcement on August 13 that the Jewish state and the UAE have agreed to normalize ties.

While the United States-backed diplomatic drive aims to boost a regional alliance against Iran, Palestinians have condemned it as a “stab in the back” as they remain under occupation and don’t have their own state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his country is in talks with other Arab and Muslim leaders now about normalizing relations, following the deals with UAE and, decades ago, Egypt and Jordan.

Haniyeh has been in Lebanon since Wednesday, on his first visit to the country in nearly 30 years, for direct and video-conference talks with other Palestinian groups that oppose Israel’s diplomatic initiative.

Israel’s military has in recent weeks targeted Hamas in the Gaza Strip and what it says have been Hezbollah gunmen along its northern border with Lebanon.

It also regularly launches air strikes in war-torn Syria against what it says are Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian militants fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Nasrallah has been living in a secret location for years and makes rare public appearances. He said in 2014 that he often changes his place of residence.