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Beirut - Hamas Leader Says Ready To Cooperate With Iran 'to Destroy Israeli Occupation'

Published on: February 1, 2015 12:08 PM
By: Jerusalem Post
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FILE - Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar speaks during a rally by Palestinians celebrating what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City August 26, 2014. ReutersFILE - Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar speaks during a rally by Palestinians celebrating what they said was a victory over Israel, following a ceasefire in Gaza City August 26, 2014. Reuters

Beirut - Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar on Sunday called on Iran to provide his movement with additional funds and weapons to enable it to “destroy Israeli occupation.”

Zahar told the Hezbollah TV station Al-Manar that Hamas was prepared to cooperate with Iran “for the sake of Palestine.”


Zahar’s remarks came amid reports that Hamas and Iran have agreed to restore their relations, which were strained following the Islamist movement’s refusal to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Sources close to Hamas said that the movement’s Doha-based leader, Khaled Mashaal, is expected to visit Tehran in the coming weeks as part of the rapprochement between the two sides.

The sources confirmed that Iran has agreed to resume financial aid to Hamas in the aftermath of last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.

In recent weeks, two Hamas delegations visited Tehran and held talks with senior Iranian government officials for the first time since the beginning of the civil war in Syria.

Hamas has also been working to mend fences with Hezbollah.

Last weekend, representatives of Hamas and Hezbollah met in Beirut to discuss cooperation between the two parties.

The Hamas delegation was headed by Ahmed Abdel Hadi, while the Hezbollah team was led by Hasan Huballah, according to reports in the Lebanese media.

According to the reports, the two sides “affirmed the need for consolidating cooperation and preventing tensions (between the two sides).”

Hamas leaders recently sent letters of condolences to Hezbollah chief Hasan Nasrallah over the killing of some senior Hezbollah operatives in the Syrian part of the Golan Heights. In their letters, the Hamas leaders stressed the importance of cooperation with Hezbollah in the fight against Israel.

Zahar, in the interview with the Hezbollah TV station, called on Nasrallah to coordinate with Hamas with regards to attacks against Israel from the Lebanese border.

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 Feb 01, 2015 at 12:29 PM Mazal1 Says:

Will not work. Imam geshivyya does not see eye toe rye and is to suspicious


 Feb 01, 2015 at 01:10 PM shalom36 Says:

What achdus! They should all burn in hell.


 Feb 01, 2015 at 01:25 PM curious Says:

Sounds like a declaration of war. Gaza is land willingly ruled by Hamas. Blow that whole thing up- The End!


 Feb 01, 2015 at 02:45 PM Anonymous Says:

They want to totally destroy Israel - it's in their 'constitution'.
Well, according to Jewish law - if a man comes to kill you, kill him first.
What are we waiting for regarding Hamas???/


 Feb 01, 2015 at 03:14 PM HankM Says:

Partners in peace


 Feb 01, 2015 at 03:29 PM yidineh Says:

and where are all the european countries who protest israel's building a security wall? all manner of atrocities are being perpetrated in their countries and they are protesting a wall which may cause a lessening of the number of students who might attend a convent school? what more has to happen in europe before these people get it?


 Feb 01, 2015 at 05:46 PM Brooklynhocker Says:

As soon as they attach the title occupation- then it all becomes good in the worlds eye. In plain English this is a call for war/terrorism.


 Feb 01, 2015 at 06:33 PM Anonymous Says:

And our Muslim-born US President is against additional sanctions against Iran, because he believes he can get them to give up their plans to go nuclear! Bibi MUST come here and tell the world the truth, the truth that Obama doesn't want us to know!!


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