(JNS.org) Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah met with deputy Hamas leader Saleh al-Arouri in Beirut on Tuesday for talks between the terrorist chiefs.
According to the Hezbollah-run Al Manar satellite TV station, Nasrallah and Arouri discussed “the Zionist aggression against Gaza and its ramifications” following the IDF’s destruction of an attack tunnel underneath the Israel-Gaza border this week.
Arouri, who is responsible for Hamas’s terror activities in Judea and Samaria and is linked to the 2014 kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens, has been seeking to build strong ties with Iran and its Lebanese terror proxy Hezbollah.
The Nasrallah-Arouri meeting comes just a week after Arouri visited Iran to meet with senior officials there, including Ali Akbar Velayati, a top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. In Tehran, Arouri said that Iran would continue to support “resistance in Palestine.”
Hamas’s effort to bolster its relationships with Iran and Hezbollah comes amid the Gaza-ruling terror group’s recently reached reconciliation agreement with its Palestinian rival, Fatah. As a result of the deal, the Palestinians are set to form a unity government by Dec. 1. Both the U.S. and Israel have called on Hamas to disarm, recognize Israel and cut off ties with Iran as prerequisites for future negotiations with a Palestinian unity government.