Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Multi award winning anti-militancy journalist

Iran brings Haniyeh and Nasrallah together

What Saudi Arabia or other Arab and non-Arab Muslim nations thinking about Palestinian ISIS Hamas may not be anymore vital, as, according to media reports, Iranian regime has succeeded in bringing Hamas and Hezbollah into same platform – Shiite terror proxies. Meaning, Ismail Haniyeh and Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah are now posing similar threats are Iran does to the Middle Eastern nations. Shall Saudi Arabia and other Arab and non-Arab Muslim nations reboot their wrong policies of blindly extending support to Palestinian ISIS Hamas?

According to media reports, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and Hezbollah Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah held talks this week in Beirut about last month’s 11-day war with Israel.

Political sources in Lebanon told The Arab Weekly that talks between Ismail Haniyeh and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah were part of an effort to underline the links between Hamas and the Iranian regional agenda. Haniyeh, the sources added, is hoping to downplay Egypt’s role in mediating a ceasefire between the Palestinian Islamist movement and Israel. The aim, according to the same sources, is to keep in check Cairo’s expanding influence in the region, in a way that appeases Tehran’s concerns.

Haniyeh arrived in Lebanon on Sunday and met several top officials, including President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

On Tuesday, Haniyeh and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discussed how they can build on the experience of the latest round of violence.

A statement by Hezbollah’s media office, reported by Al-Manar TV said that during the meeting, the two sides reviewed in detail “the battle of Saif al-Quds, its causes, course and impact on the Palestinian, Arab, Islamic and international levels”.

The statement added that this “enables the resistance in Palestine and the axis of resistance in the region to build on this great victory,” stressing “the depth of the existing relationship between Hezbollah and Hamas”.

Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006.

After the end of the war in Gaza, Haniyeh visited Egypt for Palestinian reconciliation talks. He later visited Morocco and Mauritania before arriving in Lebanon.

Well-informed Lebanese sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told The Arab Weekly that Iran has been doubling efforts to downplay Egypt’s role and show that it maintains exclusive influence over Hamas. Iran, which backs Hamas with weapons and funds, apparently hopes to monopolize the mediation process and use the Palestinian conflict as a political bargaining chip in any future talks with major countries, particularly the United States.

Commenting on the visit of the head of the Hamas political bureau to Beirut, some Lebanese political sources asked: “What are Haniyeh’s intentions in Lebanon, a country that is practically ruled and controlled by Hezbollah? Did he come to confirm that Lebanon is aligned with Iran and that it is an active member of the ‘resistance axis’ led by the Islamic Republic from Tehran? Aren’t the misfortunes of Lebanon enough? Can the Lebanese, already humiliated in the light of the current crisis, be ready to bear the burden of Hamas, which does not know what it wants?”

Lebanese writer Khairallah Khairallah said, “It is not known which camp within Hamas is represented by Haniyeh, but it is certain, through his movements and statements, that he represents the Iran-backed camp that invests in mere slogans to cover up its failure and inability to come up with any political project that could prove beneficial to the Palestinian people in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem.

“Haniyeh, who met senior Lebanese officials, has been proclaiming himself as a representative of Palestine, meaning that Hamas has become an alternative to the Palestine Liberation Organisation and the National Authority in Ramallah. To this end, Haniyeh has been trumpeting a so-called victory that was achieved after the last Jerusalem-Gaza war. The outcome of this war, which lasted eleven days, is still ambiguous. Besides, there is no sign of any progress at the political level, one month and a half after the war,” Kharaillah added.

Despite the rhetoric, Hamas has only shown a concern with power and political control. With little regard for the results of the most recent war, the Islamist movement has seized the opportunity to weaken the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah and the Fatah movement in particular and has been trying to mobilize Palestinians in implementing Iran’s agenda of spreading Shiite influence within the region.

While there is disturbing news about goring relations between Hamas, Hezbollah, Houthis and Iran, there also is extremely alarming news about Pakistani spy agency ISI’s latest bids of helping Hamas in going international by recruiting those foreign fighters who fought against Israel in establishing an international terrorist outfit copying Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

About the Author
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is a multi award winning anti-militancy pro-Israel journalist and editor of Weekly Blitz. Choudhury served rigorous imprisonment for 7 years for the "crimes" of confronting radical Islam and militancy; for denouncing anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial; for promoting interfaith harmony; and for advocating relations between Israel and Bangladesh. In 2005, Shoaib Choudhury received 'Freedom to Write' award from PEN USA, in 2006 prestigious 'Moral Courage Award' from American Jewish Committee, in 2007 'Monaco Media Award' from Prince Albert II, amongst many other awards and recognitions.
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