Alarmed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent diplomatic successes in normalizing relations between Israel and Arab nations, the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah have pledged to form an “axis of resistance” in their ongoing war of terror against Israel.

The call to create an ‘axis’ against Israel was made during a rare personal meeting between the chiefs of Hamas and Hezbollah terrorist groups in the Lebanese capital of Beirut. Top Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh and his deputy Saleh al-Aruri visited Lebanon over the weekend to meet with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, Arab and Israeli media reports said.

Rattled by the the historic peace treaty between Israel and the Arab Gulf state of United Arab Emirates announced by President Trump on August 13, the two Shia and Sunni terror groups set aside their religious rivalry allowing Hamas chief Haniyeh to visit Hazbollah-dominated Lebanon for the first time in 27 years.

Israeli TV channel i24News reported the meeting between the two leading terror chiefs citing Arab media sources:

The leaders of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement, both enemies of Israel, have met to discuss diplomatic normalization between the Jewish state and Arab countries, a report said Sunday.

They stressed the “stability” of the “axis of resistance” against Israel, the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV channel reported, without saying where or when the meeting took place.

Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Iran-backed Shiite Hezbollah movement, was pictured meeting Ismail Haniyeh, who heads the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip.

They discussed “political and military developments in Palestine, Lebanon and the region” and “the dangers to the Palestinian cause” including “Arab plans for normalization” with Israel, Al-Manar said.

Both terrorist groups called the President Trump-brokered peace deal a “strategic threat to Palestinian aspirations” and stressed on their alliance based on for Islamic “brotherhood and Jihad” against the Jewish State, Jerusalem Post reported.

“Both sides discussed the power of ties between Hezbollah and Hamas,” the pro-Iranian terrorist group Hezbollah said according to media reports. “The relations are based on trust, brotherhood, jihad, and a shared fate. Nasrallah and Haniyeh spoke about developing mechanisms for cooperation and coordination between their organizations.”

A month after the deadly Beirut blast which the Western intelligence services linked to Hezbollah, Hamas chief Haniyeh held a massive rally in the country. The Hamas chief threatened Israeli civilians with death and destruction as his Lebanese followers carried him through the streets on their shoulders. “Our missiles had a range of several kilometers from the border with Gaza,” Haniyeh told the jubilant Lebanese Hamas supporters. “Today the resistance in Gaza has missiles that can hit Tel Aviv and beyond Tel Aviv.”

These are not empty words. In recent weeks, Hamas and Hezbollah have intensified their terror campaign against the Jewish state. From north, Hezbollah has kept up its terror attacks Israeli border troops, and even tried to sneak in terrorist cells across the Israel-Lebanon border. On Israel’s southern border, Hamas is unifying Gaza-based terrorist groups to carry out joint-terror operations against the Jewish State. Both terrorist groups have deep links to Iran. The Shia-Islamist Hezbollah was created by Tehran in the 80s to wage proxy war against Israel, while the Gaza-based Hamas receives massives Iranian funding from its jihad terror campaign.

Senior Hamas operative: Relations between Hizbullah and Hamas are ‘deep and strategic’ (MEMRI TV)

 

 
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