Backing for Hamas

Backing for Hamas

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, advisor to Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani on international affairs, on Sunday sat down for talks with Khaled al-Qaddumi, the head of Hamas office in Iran. The meeting came against a backdrop of the adoption of a new “policy document” by the Palestinian resistance movement early this month, which still rejects the Israeli regime’s right to exist and backs an armed struggle against it, but agrees to a transitional Palestinian state within the borders of 1967, when Israel occupied Gaza, the West Bank and East Beit-ul-Moqaddas after a war with Arab states. The document came along with the appointment of Ismail Haniyeh as new Hamas leader. The shift in policy had caused media speculation that there is a real gap between Iran and Hamas, a leading force in the fight against Israel that has waged three wars against the Gaza Strip since 2007, killing thousands of Palestinians. Amir-Abdollahian, a former deputy foreign minister, said Iran would undoubtedly remain committed to backing the “oppressed Palestinian people” and resistance groups such as Hamas that have become the Zionist regime’s worst nightmare. Qaddumi said Hamas has not backed off from its principled positions in the new policy document, and it would not budge an inch in the struggle to restore the rights of the oppressed Palestinians.


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