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Palestinian-Lebanese alliance: Hamas, Hezbollah put up united front against ‘israel’

Hamas Political Bureau chief and Hezbollah secretary general have agreed on further strengthening of relations and coordination between the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements in the face of growing threats from their common enemy, Israel.

The meeting came during a recent visit to Beirut by the Hamas official, Ismail Haniyeh, who has traveled to the Lebanese capital for the first time in 27 years for an across-the-board meeting of all Palestinian factions, the Lebanese Arabic-language online newspaper Elnashra reported on Sunday.

Haniyeh and Hezbollah chief Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah used the opportunity to address political and military developments across the Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

The two prominent resistance figures also discussed the so-called deal of the century, the growing trend of normalization between some Arab regimes and Israel as well as the international Muslim community’s responsibility in the face of these threats.

The United States, Israel’s biggest ally, wheeled out the controversial deal this January. The scheme ensured Tel Aviv of Washington’s support for huge violations against Palestinians, including the Israeli regime’s annexation of some 30 percent of the occupied West Bank.

The officials emphasized the need for the resistance front’s steadiness and strength to counter these threats facing the Palestinians and the broader Muslim world.

In a statement, Hezbollah said the two resistance leaders insisted that relations between their movements must be characterized by strength and cooperation. 

The groups’ ties “have been founded on the principles of faith, brotherliness, Jihad (struggle on the path of God), common destiny, and expansion of [standing] cooperation and coordination mechanisms between them,” it added.

Hamas missiles can raze Tel Aviv and beyond: Haniyeh

In a related development, Haniyeh said later on Sunday that Hamas is in possession of missiles, which can raze to the ground not only the Israeli capital city, but many areas of the occupied territories beyond that.

“The resistance front has missiles in the Gaza Strip with, which can raze Tel Aviv and areas beyond that to the ground,” Haniyeh said while touring a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon.

He noted that the enemy of the Palestinian nation must know that Palestinians will neither forget, nor forgive the historical injustice done to them.

“We will never forget the right of return [to our homeland] regardless of how much sacrifice it needs [to be realized],” the Hamas leader said.

Haniyeh added that the normalization process that has begun in the region is not representative of the real position of the regional nations, noting, “Palestine still has its special place in the conscience of nations.”

The movements have spearheaded resistance efforts against Israeli aggression in their respective nations.

Hamas defends the Gaza Strip against Israel. Tel Aviv has taken the Palestinian territory under incessant attacks, three all-out wars, and a crippling siege since 2007.

Hezbollah has also fought off two Israeli wars targeting Lebanon in the 2000s, each time forcing the Israeli military into a retreat.

During the trip, Haniyeh also met with Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and caretaker prime minister Hassan Diab.

The plenary gathering of the Palestinian factions also featured emphasis on the same points raised during Haniyeh and Nasrallah’s meeting.

A final statement issued after the Palestinian event warned that the threats posed to the Palestinian nation by Tel Aviv, Washington, and the Arab regimes sought to undermine the main principles of the Palestinian cause.

The principles being targeted, the statement added, included the Palestinians’ right to an independent state “on all occupied Palestinian territories” as well as Gaza, and the right of the Palestinian refugees to return to their homes.

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