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Hamas Looks to Mend Ties with Iran

A Hamas rally with a rocket held aloft (Photo: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Flush with cash from the newly eased sanctions, Iran is ready to further fund terror - especially against Israel. And now The Jerusalem Post's Grant Rumley and Amir Toumaj report that Israel's enemy in Gaza, the terror organization Hamas, is more than ready to make nice with the Islamic Republic:

A senior Hamas delegation traveled to Tehran last week to attend celebrations marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The meeting comes at a tense time in the Hamas-Iran relationship. The group has historically enjoyed Tehran’s generous financial, material and political support, but relations soured in 2012 when the Hamas leadership – then based in Damascus – publicly sided with the largely Sunni rebels against the Iranian-backed Syrian regime. The latest visit to Tehran indicates that Hamas’ political leadership is working hard to get itself back in the Islamic Republic’s good graces.

The delegation included head of Hamas’ international relations, Osama Hamdan, politburo member Mohammad Nasr and Hamas’ ambassador to Iran Khalid al-Qaddoumi.

They met with Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Supreme National Security Council – Iran’s highest national security body, led by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei himself. According to Qaddoumi, the Iranians pledged their continued steadfast support for the Palestinians, in line with Iran’s unwavering post-revolutionary policy of opposing Israel and supporting Palestinian extremist groups...

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