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The leaders of Hezbollah and Hamas gather to discuss Israel-Arab relations

A report declared on Sunday that the chiefs of Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas movement that are both opponents of Israel have gathered to talk about the diplomatic normalization between Israel and Arab countries.

In what the Hezbollah-run Al-Manar TV channel said, the leaders affirmed the stability of the axis of resistance against Israel, but without declaring where or when the gathering will be.

Indeed, the leader of the Shia Hezbollah movement backed by Iran, Hassan Nasrallah, and Ismail Haniyeh, who directs the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, were pictured together.

Al-Manar reported that they discussed political and military developments in Palestine, Lebanon, and the region and “he dangers to the Palestinian cause including Arab plans for normalization with Israel. While the gathering comes following the announcement on August 13 that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have agreed to normalize ties. In fact, a diplomatic movement backed by the US aims to promote a regional alliance against Iran, but Palestinians have denounced this act and considered it as a stab in the back because they still under occupation and they don’t have their own state.

Otherwise, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, reported that his country organized now discussions with other Arab and Muslim leaders about normalizing ties, after the agreements with UAE and, decades ago, Egypt and Jordan.

Since Wednesday, Haniyeh has been in Lebanon on his first visit to the country in almost 30 years, for direct and video-conference discussions with other Palestinian groups that don’t accept the diplomatic initiative of Israel.

Moreover, the military of Israel has targeted in recent weeks Hamas in the Gaza Strip and what it relates have been Hezbollah gunmen along its northern border with Lebanon. It also routinely launches air attacks in war-torn Syria against what it claims are Hezbollah and other pro-Iranian militants struggling next to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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