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.