Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh calls for a new Intifadah during a speech in Gaza City, on December 7, 2017 (Photo by Reuters/Mohammed Salem)

BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:20 P.M.) – The head of Hamas’ political wing, Ismail Haniyeh, reportedly told Sputnik Arabic that his organization has adopted the Syrian government’s position on the Syrian opposition and their armed groups.

According to Sputnik, Haniyeh said his organization has ‘good’ ties with the Syrian government, despite their 2012 rift when then leader, Khaled Mesha’al, left Damascus for Doha, Qatar.

Haniyeh told Sputnik that his organization maintains the politics of the “Axis of Resistance”, which is a reference to Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria.

“Syria, its people, and its regime have always stood by the Palestinian people and the resistance,” Haniyeh said. “All we wanted was to distance ourselves from the internal problems that were taking place in Syria. We hope that security, stability and civil peace will return to Syria and return to its regional role.”

Hamas previously maintained close ties with Damascus, but their 2012 withdrawal from Syria created a rift between them and the government. For years, Syria had provided Hamas with training facilities and bases; however, once the Syrian War broke out, Mesha’al sided with Qatar, who opposed the Syrian government.

Despite the previous rift with Hamas, Syria continued to maintain close ties with many Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), PFLP, Fatah Al-Intifada, DFLP, and PFLP-GC.

 

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Well that is not entirely unexpected as the Qataris have recently improved ties with Iran and latterly, Syria, as that first country has fallen out with Saudi Arabia and consequently suffered related pressure. The Palestinians (including Hamas) have also been abandoned by the rich Sunni Muslim states such as Saudi Arabia who are now cosying up to the Israelis to get the Americans onside against the Iranians. Hamas like the Qataris, who are basically Sunni Muslims, have found themselves without friends amongst their co-religious Arab relations and finding out that the welcome mat is more genuine from the Shite Iranians… Read more »

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Hamas = Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan), see art.2 of their Charter… Muslim Brotherhood is banned as a terrorist organisation in : Russia, Syria, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Saudi-Arabia, UAE Turkish AKP and the Qatari emir are also members of the Ikhwan. Ossama bin-Laden and al-Zawahiri were in the Ikhwan too. Ikhwan helped recruiting and moving most of the foreign terrorists who ravaged Syria… After having contributed to destroy half of Syria, Haniyeh is now playing the card of Arab Nationalism for a good reason : he’s in the same case as Hezbollah : US sanctions have made… Read more »

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HAMAS IS AN ISRAEL PROJECT, and absolute israel production, and being very well used to minimize palestine population by killing hundreds of them against 1 or 2 jews/isralies. This is done about nearly almost every year by hamas throwing some rockets mostly in to uninhabited areas, also to some cities, and majority being blocked by iron dome, finally may be killing a few isralies, may be not. Israel strikes back by killing and wounding hundreds and sometimes may be thousands. This is very clear. Israel has run out of excuses in the past, that’s why they created hamas. Now Israel… Read more »

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HAMAS IS AN ISRAEL PROJECT. it is an Israel production and being used very well. Almost every year or so, hamas throw some rockets in Israel uninhabited areas and some in cities, mostly get destroyed by iron dome. Finally e few Israel citizens may get killed, or may be not. In retaliation Israel hits back palastinians killing and wounding several hundreds or may be thousands in total, and destroying countless buildings and homes. This is a very good execuse to lover their population. Israel sells hamas as a good execuse to attack palastinians and it gets approved by west all… Read more »

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Here we go, hezbolla leaving syria takes a chunk of levarage out of israels hands so they sent out orders to their friends in hamas to stick their ugly mug in the picture to be used in the same way !!

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+++ “Hamas previously maintained close ties with Damascus, but their 2012 withdrawal from Syria created a rift between them and the government.”
=> News Desk : you forget to mention WHY this rift happened!
Hamas ‘just’ actively supported the al-Nusra Front!
BTW, Hamas is OFFICIALLY part of the Muslim Brotherhood which is banned as a terrorist organisation in Syria since 1982 (or 1983)…

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BREAKING NEWS :
In a groundbreaking step, the International Criminal Court accepted a petition for WAR CRIMES against Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh.