Historic meeting: Leaders of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Beirut



by SEDEDIN DEDOVIC

Historic meeting: Leaders of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in Beirut
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Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, a militant Islamist organization operating in Lebanon, recently held a meeting in Beirut with senior representatives of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The gathering, as revealed in published photographs, included Nasrallah's discussions with Saleh al-Aruri, the deputy head of Hamas, and Ziyad Nahaleh, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, as reported by the Times of Israel.

The meeting, according to reports from Hezbollah-controlled media, focused on assessing the necessary actions for the "axis of resistance" to achieve what they referred to as a "real victory" in Gaza. This term "axis of resistance" is used to describe a coalition of groups that oppose what they view as external aggression and occupation in the region.

It's essential to understand the context of the parties involved: 1. "Hezbollah": Hezbollah is a Shiite Islamist political and military organization based in Lebanon. It is considered a terrorist organization by several countries, including the United States and Israel.

Hezbollah has close ties with Iran and has played a significant role in Lebanese politics and regional conflicts. 2. "Hamas": Hamas is a Palestinian Islamist organization that controls the Gaza Strip. While it has been labeled a terrorist group by some countries, it also functions as the de facto government in Gaza and has broad support among Palestinians.

3. "Palestinian Islamic Jihad": The Palestinian Islamic Jihad is another Palestinian militant group, with a strong presence in Gaza. It is known for its militant activities and is also designated as a terrorist organization by several nations.

In this context, the meeting between Nasrallah, Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad leaders signifies a coordination of efforts among groups with shared objectives. The term "real victory" likely pertains to their collective stance against perceived external threats and their desire to shape the dynamics in the region.

Notably, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad is the second-largest militant organization in Gaza after Hamas, underscoring its significance in the Palestinian territories.