Hezbollah's Nasrallah Meets Hamas Chief Haniyeh in Beirut to Discuss anti-Israel Alliance

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut to discuss their 'axis of resistance' against Israel as Jerusalem and Ankara's rapprochement forces the group to seek new regional partners

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A handout picture provided by Hezbollah's media office on Thursday shows the chief of the Lebanese Iran-backed group Hassan Nasrallah during a meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.
A handout picture provided by Hezbollah's media office on Thursday shows the chief of the Lebanese Iran-backed group Hassan Nasrallah during a meeting with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.Credit: AFP
Jack Khoury
Jack Khoury

Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah met with Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh in Beirut on Thursday, their first meeting in one year, Hezbollah's Al-Manar news channel reported.

The two leaders discussed warming their ties, and bolstering cooperation in creating an "axis of resistance" to Israel's "threats and challenges." In addition, it was emphasized that all parts of the axis should cooperate in a way that serves the main goal related to Jerusalem and the Palestinian issue.

Concurrently, according to Hamas and Lebanese sources, the Palestinian group is also concerned about the recent rapprochement of Turkey and Israel, which could also harm Hamas' freedom of movement and activity on Turkish territory.

Haniyeh is also expected to meet with Lebanese President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Lebanese sources told Iranian news agency Mehr.

Hamas – although not officially – has been examining the possibility of renewing ties with Damascus after more than a decade-long rift since the beginning of the Syrian civil war and Hamas' displayed support for the Sunni Islamic axis that fought against Bashar al-Assad's regime.

Moreover, in recent years, Hamas not only tightened its relations with Tehran, it has also warmed its ties to Hezbollah, and established direct contact with Russia, which included a recent visit by a delegation of senior Hamas figures to Moscow.

These contacts could prepare the ground for warming ties with Syria even if the Assad's regime has not yet taken a public stance on the matter.

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