Hamas deputy political bureau head Saleh al-Arouri said on Monday that Lebanese Shi’ite terrorist group Hezbollah’s support for his organization and for Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction had “never ceased.”

During an interview with Lebanon’s Mayadeen TV, al-Arouri said, “In the Second Intifada, I was still in Palestine. I was in prison. In prison, all the groups would come to us and we would plan attacks, and there were groups from Fatah that would receive support from Hezbollah in order to confront the occupation.”

This support, emphasized al-Arouri, was separate from that of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.

“Hezbollah supports the resistance, which it regards as a strategic way to deal with this [Zionist] entity,” he said.

Al-Arouri went on to state that in the next war with Israel, which he threatened would involve the Israeli home front, the Jewish state would pay an “unprecedented price.”

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