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 (6:50 P.M.) – The Russian authorities are mediating a potential reconciliation between the Hamas Movement and the Syrian government, following years of turmoil between the group and Damascus, Al-Monitor reported on Monday.

Citing a press conference from March 4th, Al-Monitor said Hamas’ political leader, Ismail Haniyeh, expressed his support for the Syrian government’s sovereignty over all of Syria. .

“Damascus represents a strategic depth for the Palestinian issue,” Haniyeh said, pointing out that “we had been present in Syria for 10 years.”

According to Haniyeh, Hamas has no fighters in Idlib and the movement will not participate in this battle waged in northwestern Syria.

“We cannot forget this history. There is no policy or any decision by Hamas to engage in the Syrian issue, and I firmly deny the presence of any fighter or martyrs of Hamas in Idlib, or before the [events] of Idlib, or even in the Syrian revolution.”

According to Al-Monitor, Moscow is playing a diplomatic role in reviving relations between Hamas and Damascus, something that has been tried in the past by both Iran and Hezbollah.

“An official at the Russian Embassy in Ramallah, who asked not to be identified, told Al-Monitor, ‘Haniyeh’s meeting with the Russian foreign minister touched on several Palestinian issues at home and abroad, including the situation in Syria,'” the Al-Monitor report said.

The report specified that Hamas is willing to reconcile with the Syrian government, which will likely call on Russia to mediate between the two parties.

Relations between Hamas and the Syrian government were heavily strained during the years Khaled Mesha’al was the leader of the Palestinian movement.

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Mesha’al, who saw the relocation of Hamas’ foreign bureau from Damascus to Doha, previously expressed support to the Syrian opposition, posing next to a flag representing the Free Syrian Army (FSA) during the early years of the conflict.

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Soizic
2020-03-17 02:21

Quelqu’un qui parle encore actuellement de “révolution” en Syrie ne peut pas se réconcilier avec Damas !!!

Nestor Arapa
Nestor Arapa
2020-03-17 01:53

Por fin Hamas a abierto los ojos, la primavera Árabe llevado acabo en Siria era usado por el imperio, los países occidentales y las Monarquías de la región, supongo que ahora se dieron cuenta que son enemigos de la causa Palestina.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 16:49
Reply to  Nestor Arapa

Read Hamas charter! You can have it from their website, even in English! They’re fully part of the Muslim Brotherhood, therefore, they’re enemies to mankind. There is no Palestinian cause with Hamas, in fact, if you examine quotes of Arafat, Abbas, Zuheir Mohsen, Hafez al-Assad, King Hussein of Jordan, and even some Hamas leaders which end saying the truth when they lose control, just like Fathi Hammad who just let go in public that Palestinians in Gaza are either Egyptians or Saudis! Just watch him saying this on Egyptian TV : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVdPhigzIY0 Fathi Hammad is also the one who publicly… Read more »

Sweet Robert
Sweet Robert
2020-03-17 06:36

Do not reconcile Syria

Willy Van Damme
Willy Van Damme
2020-03-17 11:29

Watch out with al Monitor. It is one of he media initiatives financed from NATO countries

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 16:28

Better watch out for Hamas reconciliation attempts : Hamas charter says Hamas is part of the Muslim Brotherhood, banned as a terrorist organisation in Syria, Russia and elsewhere. If you change the cover of a book, it’s still the same book.

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-17 16:25

Hamas charter states that Hamas is a Muslim Brotherhood’s chapter. Hamas has officially backed al-Nusra/HTS which is nothing else than al-Qaeda in Syria after having started as ISIS’ Syrian chapter. Muslim Brotherhood being banned as a terrorist organisation in both Russia and Syria, there is no point for a reconciliation with Hamas which is full part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Syria used to back Hamas because they oppose Israel, Hamas took profit of it to backstab Syria. Actualy, they see themselves as the spearhead of Global Jihad, they made their point clear : Israel first, then Hamas want to conquer… Read more »

Daeshbags-Sux
Daeshbags-Sux
2020-03-19 19:56
Reply to  Daeshbags-Sux

Oh, 1 al-Qaeda/Muslim Brotherhood fanboy pi$$ed-off.
After the havoc the Hamas roaches helped to wreak in Syria, Assad should retaliate by bombing Gaza too.