Hamas: “Hamas and the Palestinian people will never abandon the resistance path”

October 26, 2017

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri met Syria’s President Bashar Assad in Damascus several days ago to discuss increased military coordination, including assistance for Hamas and Hizbullah. (Photo by SANA, the Syrian government news agency)

 

CONTENTS

1. Hugging the Iranian regime, asking for more weapons to try and kill Israelis
2. Meeting with Assad, coordinating further attacks near Aleppo
3. “Sinwar: National mass mobilization needed to achieve the reconciliation” (Hamas website, Oct. 25, 2017)
4. “Hamas Never to Recognize Israel: Official” (Tasnim news (Iran) Oct. 24, 2017)
5. “Official: Differences between Iran, Hamas Buried in History” (Fars news agency (Iran) Oct. 24, 2017)
6. “Abu Marzouk: Disarming Resistance not discussed in Cairo talks” (Hamas website, Oct. 21, 2017)
7. “Senior Official: Hamas Never Accepts Cut of Ties with Iran” (Fars news agency (Iran) Oct. 21, 2017)
8. “Hamas delegation arrives in Tehran” (Hamas website, Oct. 20, 2017)
9. “US Consul General Launches campaign to attract Palestinian students to United States” (WAFA news agency (PLO) Oct. 24, 2017)
10. “Iran, Azerbaijan form first joint defense commission” (Mehr News (Iran) Oct. 25, 2017)

 

HUGGING THE IRANIAN REGIME, ASKING FOR MORE WEAPONS TO TRY AND KILL ISRAELIS

[Note by Tom Gross]

I attach several pieces below from the Iranian and Palestinian media in recent days, including some from Hamas’s website.

Earlier this month, on October 12, the two leading Palestinian hardline factions Fatah and Hamas signed an internal reconciliation agreement.

Some western media commentators and academics hailed this as a bold move towards peace by Hamas.

So far we see nothing of the sort. Hamas was forced to cede some civil power in Gaza to Fatah, after the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority cut off electricity to the Palestinian population of Gaza earlier this year and pressured Hamas in other ways.

However, Hamas has made it clear both before and after signing the agreement – and particularly during a high profile visit to Tehran this week – that it has no intention of giving up its enormous weapons arsenal (or of even discussing the issue), or of recognizing Israel, or of stopping its terrorist attacks (which it calls “resistance”).

After some coolness between (Shia Persia) Iran and (Sunni Arab) Hamas these past years – while Iran and Iranian-directed militias were carrying out the bulk of massacres and war crimes against (Sunni Arab) civilians in Syria – a senior Hamas delegation travelled to Iran this week to demonstrate a warm display of unity and ask for even more weapons.

(In recent years – and in particular since the Obama administration handed hundreds of millions of dollars to Iran as part of the nuclear deal – Iran has greatly increased its supply of weapons, technology, and financial assistance of Hamas and to another Palestinian terrorist group, Islamic Jihad. The Iranian regime has also used its new riches to fund terror militias in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen and elsewhere.)

 

MEETING WITH ASSAD, COORDINATING FURTHER ATTACKS NEAR ALEPPO

Several of the pieces below concern the high-ranking visit this week by a senior Hamas delegation to Tehran where they met Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani, and Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to the Supreme Leader Ali Akbar Velayati, among others.

Separately, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps General Staff Chief Maj. Gen. Mohammad Bagheri met several days ago with Syria’s President Bashar Assad in Damascus to discuss military coordination between Tehran and Damascus. Gen. Bagheri also visited Iranian-controlled Shia militia in the Aleppo region of Syria who are continuing “mopping up” operations (i.e. murdering) Sunni civilians as well as Sunni militants in the area.

More here from Sepah News, the website of Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (in Persian).

And from Defa Press (in Persian).

And in English from Reuters: From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

Among previous dispatches on Aleppo, please see: East Aleppo’s last clown, RIP (& Arabs donate wood to rebuild burned synagogue)

I attach eight articles below.

Regarding the last two articles, one is a report about the U.S. state department trying to encourage even more Palestinian students to study in the U.S. (Several senior Hamas figures previously studied in the U.S.)

The last article concerns increased military cooperation between Iran and its regional rival Azerbaijan. As I have reported in previous dispatches, Azerbaijan has long enjoyed close ties with both the Israeli and American intelligence services, so they may be concerned by Iran’s outreach to Azerbaijan.

-- Tom Gross

 

ARTICLES

HAMAS: HAMAS AND THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE WILL NEVER ABANDON THE RESISTANCE PATH

Sinwar: National mass mobilization needed to achieve the reconciliation
Hamas website
October 25, 2017

http://hamas.ps/en/post/1023/sinwar-national-mass-mobilization-needed-to-achieve-the-reconciliation

The leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahia El-Sinwar said in a meeting with the trade unions that achieving the reconciliation is a strategic decision to Hamas, noting that Hamas will never retreat back and will continue to make efforts until reconciliation is fully achieved.

He noted as well that the current situation calls for a mass mobilization to put pressure on all sides in order to accomplish the internal reconciliation.

National Dialogue:

El-Sinwar said that the national and popular dialogue has been launched, and all Palestinian streams and factions are welcomed to participate so that a strong response and participation are assured.

He stressed that the reconciliation issue is a pressing Palestinian need, adding that all burdens and aspirations of the Palestinians are going to be discussed in the coming Cairo talks.

El-Sinwar reiterated Hamas’s stance regarding achieving the Palestinian reconciliation, noting that Hamas is very serious to end the internal split.

National Project:

Hamas leader said that Hamas adopted many decisions and measures to initiate the national dialogue including: ending the crisis inside Al-Aqsa university, improving relations with other national Palestinian movements, and maintaining relations with Arab and Islamic countries.

In this context, El-Sinwar noted that Hamas exerted efforts to strengthen the Palestinian resistance against the Israeli Occupation and this strategic asset aimed to back the Palestinian national program and can never be overlooked.

The PLO:

Hamas leader said that Hamas does not look for an alternative to the PLO, but works to include all the Palestinian national and Islamic powers within it.

Pertaining to the Israeli conditions, El-Sinwar said that the Israeli Occupation’s conditions are completely unacceptable, noting that Hamas will never surrender nor succumb to the Israeli Occupation pressure.

He concluded by saying that Hamas and the Palestinian people will never abandon the resistance path, and it will be used to back the Palestinian national program.

 

HAMAS NEVER TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL: OFFICIAL

Hamas Never to Recognize Israel: Official
Tasnim news (Iran)
October 24, 2017

https://www.tasnimnews.com/en/news/2017/10/24/1554570/hamas-never-to-recognize-israel-official

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Hamas’s Deputy Political Chief Saleh el-Arouri insisted that the movement will never accept demands for recognizing Israel or cutting ties with Iran.

Speaking in a meeting with Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi on Monday evening, Arouri said Hamad will never agree to lay down arms, recognize the Zionist regime of Israel or sever its ties with the Islamic Republic.

“Our trip to Tehran is a sign of our strong will” for maintaining the relations with Iran, the senior Hamas official, who is leading a delegation said.

He also referred to the recent reconciliation agreement between the Gaza based Hamas and the Fatah movement in the West Bank, and stressed the need for unity among different Palestinian groups and continued resistance against the Zionist occupiers.

Kharrazi, for his part, highlighted the Zionists’ conspiracy to foment discord among regional countries by pitting Sunni Muslims against Shiite Muslims and said the presence of Hamas officials in Iran is testimony to the failure of the conspiracy.

“The basis of Iran’s support for the oppressed is their resistance against Zionism, not their being Shiite or Sunni” he said in a reference to the fact that Tehran supports both Shiite Hezbollah movement in Lebanon and Sunni Hamas movement in Gaza.

Heading a delegation, Arouri arrived in Iran on Friday to sit down with senior Iranian officials and discuss the latest developments on the Palestinian arena, especially the reconciliation file, as well as bilateral relations.

 

OFFICIAL: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN IRAN, HAMAS BURIED IN HISTORY

Official: Differences between Iran, Hamas Buried in History
Fars news agency (Iran)
October 24, 2017

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960802000560

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Head of Hamas political bureau Saleh al-Arouri underlined that the Palestinian resistance group and Iran have agreed to set aside their differences, adding that ties with Tehran do not harm any other country.

“We have come (to Iran) to show that differences are now history. We have made a major agreement not to allow the differences leave negative impact on our bilateral ties in a bid to enable ourselves leave obstacles behind,” al-Arouri said in an interview with the Iranian media on Tuesday.

Noting that Hamas ties with different countries will not harm others, he said, “Our relations with Iran don’t harm any other governments, including Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others.”

“We will welcome any of these nations or governments which supports our cause and our nation,” al-Arouri said.

A high-ranking Hamas delegation began a visit to Iran on Friday to inform Tehran about reconciliation efforts with rival Palestinian faction Fatah.

The group led by al-Arouri will meet senior Iranian officials over the next several days.

The two Palestinians factions have agreed a landmark deal to end a decade-long split and are seeking to form a unity government along with other parties.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati praised Hamas for insisting on continued armed struggle against the Israeli occupation.

“We congratulate you for declaring that you will not set your weapons aside and for describing it as your redline,” Velayati said in Tehran.

Velayati underlined that he welcomes meeting with the resistance groups’ officials, specially Hamas, on any occasion.

 

ABU MARZOUK: DISARMING RESISTANCE NOT DISCUSSED IN CAIRO TALKS

Abu Marzouk: Disarming Resistance not discussed in Cairo talks
Hamas website
October 21, 2017

http://hamas.ps/en/post/1020/abu-marzouk-disarming-resistance-not-discussed-in-cairo-talks

The leader in Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzouk said in an interview with CNN Arabic that the resistance arms has not been discussed with Fatah movement during the recent talks in Cairo, noting that resisting the Israeli Occupation is an unalienable right for the Palestinian people.

He also added that Hamas has chosen to end the internal split, and the Palestinian Authority is required to achieve the interests of the Palestinian people.

Abu Marzouk said that Hamas totally rejects the Israeli impositions which attempt to foil the Palestinian reconciliation, underlying the importance of the Egyptian role to neutralize these Israeli attempts.

Regarding elections, he said that Hamas will present itself to the Palestinian people through elections, and at the same time will protect its resistance in order to defend Palestinians rights.

Abu Marzouk noted that so far only one core issue has been discussed with Fatah movement, which is reestablishing the unity government in the Gaza Strip, while other important issues including: the PLO, the national council, the legislative council, and forming a unity government have all been postponed for deliberation with all Palestinian factions.

Abu Marzouk concluded by saying that Hamas looks forward to receiving positive signs from Fatah like lifting all the punitive measures imposed on the Palestinians in Gaza, and taking swift and sincere steps towards achieving the Palestinian reconciliation.

 

SENIOR OFFICIAL: HAMAS NEVER ACCEPTS CUT OF TIES WITH IRAN

Senior Official: Hamas Never Accepts Cut of Ties with Iran
Fars news agency (Iran)
October 21, 2017

http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13960729001457

TEHRAN (FNA)- Deputy Head of Hamas political bureau Saleh al-Arouri underlined that the resistance group would never agree to sever ties with Iran and give up armed struggle as prerequisites for talks with Israel.

Al-Arouri made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader’s top adviser for international affairs Ali Akbar Velayati in Tehran on Saturday.

Referring to the peace negotiations in Cairo, he said that Israel had set three preconditions for talks, including disarmament of Hamas, recognition of the Zionist regime and cutting ties with Iran.

“In response to the first prerequisite that was disarmament of Hamas, we have declared that we don’t accept it at all,” he said, adding that the second precondition was also rejected as Hamas is now fighting to annihilate the Zionist regime.

“Our presence in Iran is the practical denial of the third precondition that was cutting ties with Iran,” al-Arouri said.

A high-ranking Hamas delegation began a visit to Iran on Friday to inform Tehran about reconciliation efforts with rival Palestinian faction Fatah, a Hamas official said.

The group led by al-Arouri will meet senior Iranian officials over the next several days, the representative said on condition of anonymity.

The two Palestinians factions have agreed a landmark deal to end a decade-long split and are seeking to form a unity government along with other parties.

 

HAMAS DELEGATION ARRIVES IN TEHRAN

Hamas delegation arrives in Tehran
Hamas website
October 20, 2017

http://hamas.ps/en/post/1018/hamas-delegation-arrives-in-tehran

A high profile delegation from Hamas headed by the deputy head of the political bureau, Saleh Al-Arori arrived on Friday in the Iranian capital, Tehran.

The delegation includes several Hamas leaders including: Izzat El-Risheq, Mohammed Nasser, Osama Hamdan, Sami Abu Zohri, and Khaled El-Kadomi.

The delegation will hold several meetings with high profile Iranian officials to discuss some important issues including: the latest updates on the Palestinian cause, the joint relations, and the conflict with the Israeli Occupation.

 

US CONSUL GENERAL LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT PALESTINIAN STUDENTS TO UNITED STATES

US Consul General Launches campaign to attract Palestinian students to United States
WAFA news agency (PLO)
October 24, 2017

http://english.wafa.ps/page.aspx?id=698PqXa92241045501a698PqX

JERUSALEM – US Consul General Donald Blome Tuesday launched the #PalStudyUSA2018 campaign in Ramallah to encourage more Palestinian students to study in the United States, said a press release issued by the U.S. Consulate General’s Press Office in Jerusalem.

The campaign will include social media outreach to identify Palestinian participants for an elite “boot camp” examining all aspects of study in the U.S., a series of week-long information sessions with Amideast at American Spaces in Jerusalem, Ramallah, Salfeet, Nablus, and Gaza; and a series of television, print, and social media stories by Palestinian journalists on Palestinian students studying in the United States which will air later this year.

The sessions, for potential students and their parents, will focus on admissions, testing, and financial aid, highlighting the ongoing educational advising services provided by the Consulate’s partner Amideast.

Consul General Blome announced a number of new higher education cooperation initiatives at the event, including a $1 million project funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative to support cooperation between Notre Dame and Palestinian university partners to build a shared research hub; a $400,000 project between Palestine Polytechnic University and University of Michigan to promote critical thinking and entrepreneurship; and a $100,000 Tech Camp with the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs and Partners for Sustainable Development to build teams of university students that will tackle problems provided by Palestinian businesses.

The Consul General noted, “education provides hope; education grows the economy; and education builds Palestinian civil society and business as a vehicle for peace and prosperity.”

Speaking on the #PalStudyUSA2018 campaign, he noted the virtues of the U.S. model, saying: “the U.S. higher education system is one of the best in the world, with a focus on intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and innovation.”

 

IRAN, AZERBAIJAN FORM FIRST JOINT DEFENSE COMMISSION

Iran, Azerbaijan form first joint defense commission
Mehr News (Iran)
October 25, 2017

http://en.mehrnews.com/news/128924/Iran-Azerbaijan-form-first-joint-defense-commission

TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (MNA) – The first joint commission of Iran and Azerbaijan’s defense cooperation was held in Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense.

The joint commission aims to establish and enhance mutual cooperation and to increase military and defense interactions between Iran and Azerbaijan.

A high ranking delegation of Iran’s Armed Forces headed by deputy defense minister has traveled to Baku to attend the meetings of the commission. In addition to participating in the first joint commission, they met with Azerbaijan’s defense minister.

The Iranian delegation maintained that providing an outline of cooperation in military and defense areas could improve interactions between the two countries and stressed “Iran attaches great importance to developing further relations with neighboring countries as part of its foreign policy and defense diplomacy.”

The two sides also discussed strengthening friendly relations, respecting territorial integrity and utilizing all potentials and capacities to preserve safety and stability in the region.

 

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