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The Hamas-Iran alliance remains and expands

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14.01.2019

Iranian-Palestinian relations – specifically with the resistance factions led by Hamas and Islamic Jihad – are gradually growing and developing in what seems to be an attempt to make up for the coldness between them during the Syrian crisis.

This development manifested itself on two levels over the last few weeks: verbal and practical. Both parties even speak using the same discourse, using common goals and aspirations they have agreed upon. This gives Iranian influence an additional boost in the tensest area of the Middle East, which casts its shadow over the various parties – both positively and negatively – according to its positions and objectives.

Warm statements

Hamas’ representative in Iranian capital Tehran, Khalid Al-Qadoumi, stated in November that his movement “has a special relationship with Tehran, as we have a common enemy in Israel”. He explained:

Our relationship with Tehran has witnessed several phases, as our strategy with Tehran is based on confronting Israel, our common enemy. Iran has not stopped supporting the Palestinian cause, most recently the Great Return Marches in Gaza, and the two sides have reached a strategic partnership in this regard.

Several other Hamas members have echoed Al-Qadoumi’s statement. Head of the Hamas Political Bureau, Ismail Haniyeh, stressed in a letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, this month that “the Palestinian people applaud Iran’s positions in supporting the resistance with all forms of aid”. Hamas Political Bureau member, Moussa Abo Marzouk, said in March last year that: “Our relationship with Iran is excellent because it offers the movement a lot, which is something we are missing from others.”

Meanwhile Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, in May mentioned the strength of the movement’s relations with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its leader, Qasim Soleimani, given that Iran has supported the movement by every means possible.

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Iran has also expressed such warm sentiments. Commander-in-Chief of the Iranian army, Abdolrahim Mousavi, and commander of the Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, both said in a statement in November that Hamas’ victory in Gaza during the escalation that month forced Israel to agree to a ceasefire, adding that the besieged Gaza Strip had defeated Israel. Hussein Sheikholeslam, an advisor to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, stated that Hamas had managed to successfully lead its people and achieve victory against Israel.

As for Iran’s Chief of Police, Hossein Ashtari, he announced this month his willingness to train the Palestinian resistance, pass on experience and organise training courses for the resistance........

© Middle East Monitor