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Iran, Syria, Hamas, Hizballah talk further ‘resistance’ against Israel

Haniyeh Nasrallah

With the exception of the willfully blind, most people understand that the Palestinian “resistance” is a euphemism for efforts to obliterate of Israel from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. This is also clear from the repeated chants: “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” Now that Israel is undergoing internal turmoil — thanks in large part to American Democrats favoring the Palestinian jihadis over Israel —  the leaders of Iran, Hizballah and Hamas are now seeing a golden opportunity to strike while the iron is hot, and to increase and rally support for “resistance” efforts. Pakistan has also vowed to support  the “Palestinian cause.”

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also “strongly denounced” what it referred to as “the hazardous escalation by Israeli occupation forces and terrorist settlers who repeatedly attacked the sacred Al-Aqsa Mosque during the fasting month of Ramadan.” As usual, the OIC never mentioned the Palestinian provocations, violence and the ongoing jihad war against the state of Israel. That war began long before the founding of the modern State of Israel, when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, incited pogroms, and later collaborated with Hitler to wipe out Jews. Al-Husseini also led the Arab Revolt, as he vehemently sought to stop all Jewish immigration to their ancestral lands. Adding to the longstanding “resistance” movement and making a perfect storm, this year Ramadan, the month of jihad, coincides with Passover.

“Hezbollah, Hamas heads meet, promise further ‘resistance’ against Israel,” by Yonah Jeremy Bob, Jerusalem Post, April 9, 2023:

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh met in Beirut with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah to discuss resistance efforts against Israel, after a tense weekend in which his terror group fired rockets across the country’s southern and northern borders.

Haniyeh’s deputy Saleh al-Arouri was also present at the meeting, which was reported on by the affiliated news outlet Al-Mayadeen.

In Israel, the IDF continued to reinforce itself with additional reserve forces, which was itself a response to several days of rocket attacks from Gaza, then Lebanon and then Syria, as well as multiple terror incidents and tension surrounding the Temple Mount at the height of Passover and Ramadan.

The IDF last week had already called up unspecified numbers of reservist Border Police officers, and air defense and air force attack personnel. On Saturday, it was announced that there would be reinforcements of police in Tel Aviv following a car-ramming attack there.

Then on Sunday, the IDF and Israel Police announced that they were calling up an additional four companies of reservists, after having called up six companies in recent weeks.

All of this came after the IDF called up multiple additional battalions (larger than companies) in recent weeks to handle security issues in Huwara and other West Bank hot spots.

Al Mayadeen reported that Nasrallah and Haniyeh discussed further coordination of “resistance” efforts.

The IDF has also sent clear signals that it views Iran, Syria and Hezbollah as being responsible for the overall threat picture, even as it accused Hamas or Palestinian groups affiliated with it of actually firing the rockets.

In its responses to rocket fire, the IDF struck not only Hamas positions in Lebanon and Gaza, but also Iranian ones in Syria, as well as some affiliated with the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

There was speculation that the IDF was trying to get Assad to restrain Iran and get Tehran to restrain the groups that fired on Israel, or face further IDF retaliation.

There have been no new rockets fired on any front since the IDF’s latest airstrikes against Syria on Sunday morning.

Iranian, Syrian presidents talk “resistance” against Israel
Also on Sunday, Assad and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi discussed Ramadan and “resistance” efforts against Israel. According to Iranian state media outlets, Raisi told Assad that “the crimes of the Zionist regime are a sign of weakness and are proof of a bright and promising future for the resistance movement.”…..